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Review: Aladdin – The Wok ‘n’ Roll Panto – Theatr Clwyd

Egwyl’s very own Ginger Journalist, Kara Beth Davies, dusted the cobwebs off her magic carpet and flew off to Theatr Clwyd to watch their pantomime, Aladdin.  

By Kara Beth Davies, Egwly Editor

I don’t know about you, but I love a good panto, none more so than the ones put on by Theatr Clwyd year after year.

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Photography by Brian Roberts

This year sees the turn of Aladdin. It has everything from a beautiful princess, a hunky hero and a villain we all love to hate, all combined with crazy costumes and some rock and roll classics. All the key ingredients needed for a traditional Theatr Clwyd pantomime.

As expected, nearly every seat in the Anthony Hopkins Theatre was taken. Shortly after taking my seat in the front row, the cast emerged to greet the audience, many of them in their festive attire, creating a sea of Christmas jumpers right to the very back of the room.

For me, Widow Twankey (played by Sean McKenzie) steals the show as this year’s dame.

Twankey’s costumes are absolutely brilliant. At one point, I found myself dazzled by her sparkly sequinned dress (it’s everything you could possible imagine and much, much more)!

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Photography by: Brian Roberts

Reprising her role as the Princess, Nicola Martinus-Smith is back. Like last year, she brings so much passion to her character and her singing is fantastic. Both the Princess and Aladdin (Josh Tye) capture the story of this classic tale perfectly.

But, my favourite character has to be the Genie (Emma Fraser). I fell in love with her over the top American accent, it fits her character so well, and adds a touch of the old Hollywood glitz and glamour. Her costume is greener than grass and her hair has more volume than my car radio!

The music selection is enough to get you dancing from start to finish, something I found myself doing rather a lot, performed by the strong cast of 10. This has to be one of the most talented cast I’ve seen. They act, they sing and they dance, what more could you possibly ask for?!

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Photography by Brian Roberts

 

As for Theatr Clwyd, their panto production just keep on getting better and better. The costumes, makeup, lighting and everything else in-between is brilliant. The whole production is so enjoyable, which is probably why I return on an annual basis and will do way into the future.

If you’re looking for a way to get into that festive spirit or just want a way to see in the New Year, this is the panto for you… oh yes it is! Aladdin runs until January 21, 2017, and tickets are available.

Check out our interview below with Emma Fraser (The Genie) and Luke Thornton (The Grand Vizier) about all things, acting, singing and, of course, glitter!

 

 

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