Bradley Stoke mum Donna Schwartz took her three children along to watch this season’s festive panto at the Bristol Hippodrome, Aladdin…
If you think pantos are just for those with young families, then think again, as Aladdin at the Bristol Hippodrome had all ages laughing until their stomachs hurt.
From start to finish this is a show that’ll keep a smile on your face and my three children, aged 17, 14 and 11 just loved it as much as I did.
Aladdin was put on by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer, and it was clear that no expense had been spared.
From the bright and beautiful costumes, to the 3D special effects and enormous puppets, the show was nothing short of a spectacular.
Fans of Marti Pellow, and there were plenty in the audience, were able to watch him perform, cast as the evil sorcerer Abanazar, but it was more often than not comedian, Joe Pasquale, who stole the show.
I’m sure that the gags were part of the panto, but there were plenty of jokes where the production team wound wind up Joe, who played Wishee Washee. They’d deliberately turn off his microphone, or move the spotlight that he was supposed to be standing in – it was just hilarious.
Hayley Tamaddon, who starred as princess Jasmin, has an outstanding singing voice. My only disappointment was that they didn’t sing the Disney hit, A Whole New World, which we’d have loved to have seen.
In the interval the genie travelled through Egypt on his flying carpet. The audience put on their 3D glasses and screamed as snakes and spiders jumped out, which was fantastic.
Something has to be said for the set design, especially the giant puppet Gorilla and the moment that Aladdin flew out over the heads of the audience on his flying carpet. The panto had a strong interactive feel, pulling kids up on stage to take part and give them goodie bags, there were water guns and even confetti.
This is slapstick comedy at its very best and a great few hours of entertainment for the young and old.
Aladdin is showing at the Bristol Hippodrome until January 7. Book your tickets here.