Theatre Review: Aladdin

12th December 2016


I took my two children, aged 4 and 6, to see Aladdin at the Grand Opera House, York. Three Bears productions promised their "biggest and best" pantomime and it didn’t disappoint.

The set design was incredible and instantly got the children excited for the show. I haven’t been to a panto for many years and it seems they have come forward a lot with a brilliant 3D scene, which had my 6 year-old captivated and a real flying carpet which was truly magical. Suzanne Shaw was a very sweet Princess Yasmin, a role that showcased her singing well. Carl Tracey’s Aladdin also provided excellent vocal abilities and Debbie McGee made a sparkling genie.


The standout performance was Steve Wickenden’s Widow Twanky and the audience participation instantly got the kids shouting out and joining in with a very funny and brash performance. Stuart Wade returned as director and featured as Wishee Washee, who also became the Genie of the Lamp. He has an instant rapport with the audience and a very likeable personality shone through.

All in all a fantastic night which my kids are pretty sure involved "real magic."

Three Bears Productions
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