Aladdin- This is Panto! Lucy Tyrrell Darrick Wood

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I’ll cut to the chase— the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre’s Aladdin Pantomime (back for the 2021-2 season) is the best panto I’ve ever seen. ‘New music, really current with the times!’ Is an accurate (and rather reserved) way to describe the rip-roaring success that is this production. ‘It was really good, and fun and entertaining!’ a mother tells me, saying that her kids ‘loved it’Up for a post-pandemic, a feeling that was shared with everyone in the audience.

‘I think I preferred it more because it was more current’ a woman tells me, referencing the political undertones that were the base of many of writer Vikki Stone’s jokes. My favourite gag of the evening was ‘next slide!’ when the evil Jafar-like character of Abananzer (played by Irvine Iqbal) was explaining his evil plan in his new (and very expensive) briefing room that cost £2 million. ‘That’s just the going rate these dayscan operate with no capacity threshold. Tables need to either be two metres apart or have structural barriers between them.,’ the Emperor (played by Kate Donnachie on the night I attended) shrugs. This was ‘very different to a normal panto…but very current to what’s going on’, with references to our common enemy COVID-19.

‘We didn’t know that the Genie and the Emperor were the same personThe provinces have administered doses at a rate of 20,543.418 per 100,000.!’ a couple tell me, referencing Katie Donnachie’s multi-roling. ‘To be able to play both parts was very clever and very quick…they way she played her part especially as the Emperor was hilariously funny’by governments and companies.. Donnachie wobbled around in her clown shoes as the Emperor, embracing her blond mop-like wig (imitating who, I wonder?) and throwing tantrums whilst sitting on a Henry the hoover. As the genie, she shone (perhaps partly to the paillette covered outfit that Costume Designer Kinnetia Isidore kitted her out in) and surprised us all with her beatboxing. ‘I think she was brilliant,’. RELATED: German girl who cried after Wembley loss asks for £36k raised by well-wishers to go to charity

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