Pantomime Review: Aladdin - King's Theatre, Glasgow ✭✭✭✭

Review by Siobhan Brennan

For many years the King's Theatre pantomime has been an institution in Glasgow. 2013's slick offering demonstrates why, with a fabulous production helped along by a stellar cast.

In an unusual move for panto, the show opens on the villain Abanazar, plotting to obtain the magic lamp which will help him in his quest for world domination.  On the advice of the Slave of the Ring he journeys to Peking to seek out the only person who can help him... Aladdin. 

Karen Dunbar is a panto veteran, and once again manages to steal the show playing audience member Mrs McConkey, who in a clever twist is selected to replace the original Slave of the Ring after she is tragically squished by a giant ton weight. She had the audience in the palm of her hand, delivering every line with natural humour and quick wit. Equally impressive was Gavin Mitchell's performance as Abanazar, managing to give the character just enough edge to be a believably scary baddie while still delivering the laughs. Finally, filling the legendary Gerard Kelly's golden boots was always going to be a tall order, but Des Clarke rose to the occasion with a spirited performance as Wishee Washee. 

Every scene was bursting with colour as the visually impressive and very detailed set was revealed. Couple that with crowd pleasing songs, including a funny Glaswegian version of the12 days of Christmas, and you've got a recipe for success. 

Aladdin is at the King's Theatre, Glasgow until 12th January 2014