The eldest two minis were given the royal treatment by Lincoln’s Clasketgate theatre on Friday when they were invited to attend the opening night of its latest festive production Aladdin, watching from one of the boxes to the side of the Circle.
For Willow the excitement had been growing since September when she attended the show’s press launch to interview the cast ahead of their rehearsals (Willow meets the stars of this year’s @NewTheatreRoyalLincoln pantomime Aladdin). She has been coveting the wardrobe of both Princess Jasmine and Sirina of the Ring ever since but the costumes were far from the only highlight of the pantomime.
The flamboyant outfits were easily matched by the fast-paced fun, exuberant characterisations, dynamic dance routines and heavy sprinkling of theatrical magic that included surprising entrances, a fire-eating dancer and, of course, the flying carpet. New Theatre Royal Lincoln’s pantomimes are synonymous with sensational singing and, alongside the show’s romantic leading couple, it’s no surprise that West End star Roger Wright (Genie of the Lamp) was spectacular, being given ample opportunity to show off the full range of his talent.
Playing to a full house, the cast were treated to an equally energetic audience who needed very little encouragement to join in with the cheering, booing and learnt responses to character’s catchphrases.
Willow’s three favourite characters were Princess Jasmine (Ellie Cooper), Sirina of the Ring (Natalie Hayes-Cowley) and Abanazar (Louis Smith), Luke loved watching Chip Spice (Ynaqui Tuason-Inocian) being dragged through the mincer and for me the vocals of Genie of the Lamp (Roger Wright) and the warmth and cheekiness of Chris Clarkson’s Dame Ginger Spice were particular highlights.
One of my favourite things about Willow’s interview with the actors was seeing their eyes light up when speaking about their own experiences of going to watch pantomime when they were children and there’s still time to introduce your own minis to the magic by booking your tickets now! Willow was buzzing so much from the excitement of the show that she couldn’t stop bouncing up and down when meeting the cast again afterwards (so huge thanks to them for managing to pin her to the ground for photos!)
Aladdin runs until January 7th, 2024. Visit www.newtheatreroyallincoln.co.uk or call 01522 519999 for further information. Don’t forget to use #WeSupportNTR and #NTRAladdin2023 to let them know what you think of the show.
(NTR Lincoln has already announced its pantomime plans for December 2024! If you enjoyed Aladdin then take a look at the early bird offer for booking tickets to see Snow White).