Christmas in Sevenoaks – Sevenoaks Pantomime Review 2019

We were given tickets in return for this review. All opinions are my own. Photo credit to Sevenoaks Panto

Sevenoaks Pantomime has yet again pulled it out of the bag with it’s production of Aladdin at the Stag Theatre

8-year-old Big L and I were thrilled to be invited to this years production from Sevenoaks Panto. We have been for the last few years, and it has become a bit of a tradition. Little L is a bit young (and fidgety) to join in as yet, maybe next year…

Sevenoaks Panto Aladdin

That says Twankey Mama’s – honest

Last year’s Sevenoaks Pantomime, Dick Whittington, was a triumph (you can check out my review here Dick Wittington at the Stag Theatre) which used screens around the stage for the set changes and once again these are amazing.

The screens are animated so you get a real sense of the scene. You are transported from China to Egypt, from a launderette to a pet shop to a palace to a cave and everywhere in between.

I’m pleased to say the cast from Sevenoaks Panto’s 2018 Dick Whittington are reunited for Aladdin

An added bonus is Director Jamie Wilson as the baddie, Abanazar (even if his beard did nearly fall off to the delight of many) and Jasette Amos as a goodie – the (two) genies.

Sevenoaks Panto Aladdin

Jasette & Ant as Genie and Silly Billy

Local Favourite Ant Payne aka Silly Billy was on top form as Danny Beard’s wonderful Widow Twankey’s simple son. They are joined by Dominic Harbison as other son and hero, Aladdin. Lucy Reed is back as the leading lady with a great, feisty performance. Danny Beard is the favourite in our house and his wardrobe is something to behold, I must hit him up for make up tips before he leaves.

Sevenoaks Panto Aladdin

Danny Beard as Window Twankey

Sevenoaks Pantomime regulars will be pleased to hear The 12 Days of Christmas is back for Aladdin and is as silly (and soggy – if you know you know) as ever

Poor Ant was chasing his spring roll around the audience more than once (you’ll have to go to understand what I mean)! The ghost routine is also back with Danny bearing the brunt of the joke. 

The addition of the Gospel Choir to Sevenoaks Panto last year proved very popular and it is back again this year. My particular favourite was the Stevie Wonder medley – I went to see him at Hyde Park in the summer, happy days!

Sevenoaks Panto Aladdin

The happy couple, Dominic as Aladdin and Lucy as Princess Jasmine

Highlights of the show are the numerous innuendos such as “rub your brothers ring”

That appeals to my sense of humour, I was roaring away! Francesca Grisdale was fabulous as the Circus Act – she is amazing using both a hoop and rope work.  The live band, who take to the stage (and sky) more than once, which is a lovely touch as they are usually confined to the depths of the theatre.

All in all we would thoroughly recommend going to see Sevenoaks Panto, Aladdin, at the Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks. It’s a couple of hours of rip roaring fun.With tickets starting from ¬£15 (which isn’t much more than the price of a cinema ticket these days). You can buy your tickets here www.stagsevenoaks.co.uk

 

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  1. Gude HG December 18, 2019
  2. Emily Wilding March 11, 2020

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