Wilma’s Rating [rating=3]
I’m not a huge lover of panto if I’m honest but when I heard Lily Savage was making a comeback to star in Aladdin at the O2, I knew it was one show I had to go and see.
Staged in the newly built pop up tent at London’s O2 arena, the 1900 seat capacity is bigger than it needs to be. The small exit left me not wanting to move from my seat during the interval as people were queuing to get out of the tent. I didn’t even attempt to queue up for a drink as the one tiny bar which is no way capable of serving all its customers.
Paul O’Grady’s alter ego Lily Savage was a welcome return to the stage as Widow Twankey, who’s husbands funeral starts the show with a quarrel over the last will and testament. Having not performed as Lily since 2004 it was great to see her back on stage and was as funny as ever!
Aladdin is played by ex S Club 7 member and current star of Jersey Boys the Musical Jon Lee, who is very easy on the eye and could take me on a magic carpet ride any day! Aladdin finds himself trapped in a cave where he finds a magic lamp which forms the basis of the story. The flying carpet was the highlight of the show, magically floating above the stage and then flying out into the audience.
The show features a string of well knows musical theatre songs including Chicago, Gypsy and Sister Act which are a nice addition to the show.
As far as panto goes, this one is very enjoyable, however at three hours it becomes uncomfortably long for the make shift theatre I was sat in!
Aladdin – a dream come true plays until 5th January at London’s O2.