Aladdin at The Epstein Theatre – Review

What’s Christmas without a panto? Not Christmas that’s what!  Last night, straight from school, I raced Ben and Chloe over to Liverpool to watch Aladdin at The Epstein Theatre.

Watching Aladdin at The Epstein Theatre

The LHK Productions version of Aladdin at The Epstein Theatre incorporates a great mix of well-known favourites from the Disney film and range of singalong pop songs finishing with a cracking performance of Atomic Kitten’s “Whole Again”.

From the off the performance is loud, lively and a full on assault on the senses with bright flashes and bangs of “magic” provided by pyrotechnics and strobes.

I remember the first time I took Ben and Chloe to panto (Beauty and the Beast at The Epstein Theatre last year), they were both quite reserved and a little unsure about it.  Last night however, from the moment the show opened with the wicked sorcerer Abanaza appearing on stage in a flash of evil green lighting both kids immediately joined in with some enthusiastic booing!

This year’s lead roles are taken by Natasha Hamilton (Atomic Kitten) who makes a beautiful Princess Jasmine, Sean Smith (X Factor) as Aladdin, Jordan Davies (Magaluf Weekeder) as Genie and Mark Byron (Big Brother) as Slave of the Ring.  Neither myself nor the kids were particularly aware of who any of the actors were but comical references to Atomic Kitten lyrics or reality tv helped me to make the connections!

Aladdin at The Epstein Theatre - Natasha Hamilton

Wishy Washy, played by the lively and comical Lewis Pryor, did a great job of encouraging lots of audience interaction – a particular favourite for Ben and Chloe was a manic chase scene which saw several members of the cast chasing each other through the audience!

My personal highlight was the return of the hilarious Michael Chapman as Widow Twanky – comical add-libs and innuendo aplenty for the adults with lots of slapstick for the kids.  I think the most memorable moment for me was Ben asking, “Mum, why is a mirrored ceiling funny?” Thankfully he was happy enough with my response that it was a “grown-up joke”!!  I’m sure it will come as no surprise that Chloe was completely in love with Princess Jasmine!

Aladdin at The Epstein Theatre - Widow Twanky

We laughed out loud, we sang along and we waved our arms in the air – it was a real joy to watch the kids really get involved with the show, I think at 5 and 7 they’re now the perfect age for this kind of thing and having been to a couple of pantos now they’ve clicked about the boos or “oh no it isn’t” choruses that we all expect in a good old traditional pantomime!  Aladdin at The Epstein Theatre is a cracking panto and well worth the late night trip to Liverpool (we didn’t get back to the car till 10pm, the kids finally made it to bed at 11.15pm)

The show runs until Sunday 8th January and tickets are available here.

*We received complimentary tickets for the purposes of review – all thoughts and opinions remain our own*

*Read more reviews here*

*Read about more of our adventures here*

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17 Comments

  1. December 13, 2016 / 1:38 pm

    It sounds like a really fun evening. I’ve never been to a proper pantomime!

    #TriedTested

  2. Jodie Melling
    December 13, 2016 / 1:59 pm

    I’ve never been to a panto but this sounds like fun for everyone.

    Jodie x

  3. December 13, 2016 / 2:28 pm

    We go to a panto every Christmas! We are yet to see Aladdin 🙂 ox

    #triedtested

  4. Amanda Blackburn
    December 13, 2016 / 3:03 pm

    I’m not a big lover of pantomime shows but it sounds like you had a great time!

  5. December 13, 2016 / 7:30 pm

    I do love a panto. We’re going to see Moon Dog and the Christmas Star. It’s for younger kids so hope it keeps the little one entertained.
    #TriedTested

  6. December 13, 2016 / 8:29 pm

    I love a panto! This looks like a great night x

  7. December 13, 2016 / 9:06 pm

    Sounds great, I took Izzy to a pantomime on Saturday, she was screaming out ‘Oh no he didn’t’ and joining in with everything, she loved it. #triedtested

  8. December 13, 2016 / 9:23 pm

    It sounds like you had a lovely time. We went to one last week – first one with the little man and it was such good fun

    Cat x

  9. December 13, 2016 / 9:47 pm

    How wonderful, I remember seeing Aladdin at somewhere very low key younger than Chloe and still remember it. If I lived close I’d love to go. #TriedTested

  10. December 13, 2016 / 9:50 pm

    I have never ever been to a panto! I so need to see something like that with Baba one day. It looks so festive, a very English tradition… #TriedTested

  11. December 15, 2016 / 12:22 pm

    Ooh I love a good trip to the theatre at Christmas! We’re off on Saturday and I hope we enjoy it as much! #triedtested

  12. December 16, 2016 / 9:01 pm

    Sounds like a great Pantomime. I’m looking forward to when I can take the girls to see their first Christmas show. #TriedTested

  13. December 18, 2016 / 2:17 am

    Sounds fantastic! Can’t wait to take my little ones to a panto ?

  14. January 1, 2017 / 4:01 pm

    Oh that sounds amazing, we’ve never been to a proper panto (as I worry that Boo wouldn’t sit through it) but I really want to take Boo to one this year.

  15. January 2, 2017 / 6:41 pm

    I love going to the Panto, I use to go every year with my Grandad.

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