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REVIEW: Aladdin at the Wyvern Theatre

Here for Christmas 2018, the Wyvern are putting on Aladdin, a fantastic family pantomime starring Swindon's favourite Adam Woodyatt. On Tuesday 11th December, we were lucky enough to go along and see it! Here's what we thought of the production...

Christmas Time Is Finally Here, It Only Comes But Once A Year
And What Could Possibly Be A Better Reason, Than Going To The Wyvern This Panto Season!

Once again, the Wyvern have excelled themselves with their 2018 Pantomime production. The much loved story of Aladdin was brought to life in a truly inspired magical production. The show was packed with incidents, sparkle, colour, singing and dancing.

We were so delighted to see Adam Woodyatt return to tread the boards at The Wyvern. He is definitely a firm favourite with the Swindon audience and he again thrilled us with a consummate performance as the evil Abanazar. It was a hilarious moment when his villainous persona slipped into a fit of uncontrolled giggles when the magic carpet arrived in an unceremonious heap!. Adam`s obvious enjoyment of performing in Panto is very infectious and I hope he will return again in the future.

Adam Bailey was a real pin-up of an Aladdin with a very strong voice complimented by the beautiful Rosanna Harris as Princess Jasmine. Neil Bromley as Widow Twanky was a perfect Pantomime Dame and there was a wonderful comedic performance by Gary Jerry as Wishee Washee. His leading the audience in The Shark Song was one of the highlights of the evening. To see the children in the audience performing the actions could be compared to a choreographed flash mob. Brilliant and a stroke of genius by the writers and director to include this topical favourite.

Every performer was outstanding with too many to name in this short review and the Ensemble and Chorus dancers performed to the highest standard.  As always the sets and lighting were exceptional and I was particularly enthralled by the magic carpet ride.

Pantomime is a uniquely British Institution which introduces our children to the wonderful world of live theatre and hopefully a life long love of this genre.  The Wyvern as always  manages to delight us with a magical Pantomime and this year is no exception.  I would highly recommend a visit this Festive Season. You won`t be disappointed!

You can book tickets to see Aladdin at the Wyvern Theatre here! It is showing until 6th January 2019. 

Photos by Anthony Hunt Photography.

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