REVIEW: A ‘feel good’ time at the Bristol Hippodrome watching Aladdin

PUBLISHED: 15:17 14 December 2017 | UPDATED: 15:17 14 December 2017

Widow Twankey (David Robbins) with Abanazar (Marti Pellow).

Widow Twankey (David Robbins) with Abanazar (Marti Pellow).

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Hilarious jokes and tongue-in-cheek innuendos were in abundance in this year’s pantomime Aladdin at the Bristol Hippodrome.

Hayley Tamaddon and Alexis Gerred as Jasmine and Aladdin with Joe Pasquale (Wishee Washee) Hayley Tamaddon and Alexis Gerred as Jasmine and Aladdin with Joe Pasquale (Wishee Washee)

From the opening crash of thunder, the whole audience, both young and old, could be seen wiping a tear from their eye as they continued to laugh at the show’s star-studded cast.

The story follows the ‘street rat’ Aladdin (Alexis Gerred) who has fallen in love with Princess Jasmine (Emmerdale’s Hayley Tamaddon).

But the evil sorcerer Abanazar (Marti Pellow) uses Aladdin’s love to get him to steal a mysterious lamp from the cave – after a strange turn of events, the characters are flung into a magical and crazy carpet ride.

The directors spared no expense in the staging of this feel good show with strobe lighting, special effects and a 3D video.

The cast of Aladdin. The cast of Aladdin.

As is tradition with pantomimes, there were elements of the show which were definitely more suited to adult viewers than the younger audience members but every joke was executed tastefully and with brilliant comedic timing.

Funny man Joe Pasquale was a master at this and was the butt of a number of jokes, literally.

His character Wishee Washee, Aladdin’s brother, was the star of the show in my eyes, and in the eyes of the children which came up on stage before the finale.

His endless jokes not only had the audience in stitches but sometimes even his own cast members, who he taunted and teased to the point where they could not execute their lines.

Joe Pasquale as Wishee Washee. Joe Pasquale as Wishee Washee.

Another stand out performer was Wet Wet Wet singer Pellow who took on the role as the show’s resident baddie.

Pellow shone on stage and he really showcased his natural singing talent.

He owned the stage as only a bad guy could and he was the perfect accompaniment to Pasquale’s comical character.

With all pantomimes, there is always a love story at the base of it and Tamaddon and Gerred’s characters were perfect in this sense.

Hayley Tamaddon and Alexis Gerred as Jasmine and Aladdin with Joe Pasquale (Wishee Washee). Hayley Tamaddon and Alexis Gerred as Jasmine and Aladdin with Joe Pasquale (Wishee Washee).

The onstage chemistry was palpable and it had the audience swooning and swaying.

But it did not stop there with this talented duo – their vocal performance was something to behold in a number of their duets and really showcased there was more to this pantomime than just jokes.

But a pantomime would not be complete without a man in drag and this show was no different with David Robbins as Aladdin and Wishee Washee’s mother Window Twankey.

The washerwoman was brilliant on stage and the actor really got into his role, especially during is own musical number based on Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj’s Bang Bang.

The Slave of the Ring Scheherazade played by Kimberley Blake. The Slave of the Ring Scheherazade played by Kimberley Blake.

This show is a true spectacle and so much more than just another cheesy pantomime and it is just what you need to get yourself into the festive spirit, whether you are eight or 80.

The show will be at the Hippodrome, in St Augustines Parade, from today (Thursday) until January 7 at various times.

Tickets, priced £12-48.50, are available from 08448 717627 or online here.

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