REVIEW: Aladdin @ Gala Theatre

Thursday 27th November 2014 – Saturday 3rd January 2015
More information on the Gala Theatre website

aladdinThis is only the second time I have been  to see a pantomime and I’m not sure the first time counts. The whole time I was infuriated by the fact that I did not understand what was being said, due to the fact I had only been in England a few months at that point. As a result, I remember little of the performance itself.

This time, however, I remember everything very vividly and I remember loving every minute of it. Ridiculous  stereotypes, exaggeration, jokes, dancing and  music all contributed to making this an evening to remember.

Personally as a lover of all things musical, I feel like going to see a spectacle such as this is always a treat. Sometimes  going to see a show aimed primarily at children gives you a feel of nostalgia. You get to sing along to songs you love and follow the story of characters you most likely already know and love. It doesn’t really matter what age you are to be able to enjoy yourself.

Although, I have to say that it is quite hilarious how much more you are able to get from such a show as an older member of the audience. All the innuendos and jokes you aren’t capable of understanding as a child make it an evening of hilarity and laughter. At times like this, I often wonder how oblivious we all were as children.

However, as much as I loved the show, I also got a little aggravated with it. For example, I would not have been very happy if I had to sit in one of the front rows, mostly because I’m not very keen on getting soaked with water when sat in a theatre. The ladies sat at the front with their children certainly didn’t appear very pleased about it either. The children, on the other hand, couldn’t seem to get enough of it. Though, I suppose there is no point dwelling on that too much, since it is a performance made for the children.

Overall, I do think that this is definitely a show worth seeing if you’re looking for a night filled with laughter. It’s sure to bring back wonderful childhood memories.

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