Aladdin - Milton Keynes Theatre (
If a genie grants you three wishes, best make one of them a ticket for Aladdin at Milton Keynes Theatre!   
There is nothing like a pantomime to get you into the festive mood and this one transports you to Old Peking on a magical flying carpet. The enchantment of this year’s performance includes all that is best of the tradition as arch-villains, pantomime dames and princesses all compete to offer the audience a night of dazzle and delight. In the lead roles are television actor Lee Mead as Aladdin, with comedy veteran Joe Pasquale as Wishee-Washee, Tegan Bannister as Princess Jasmine and David Robbins as Widow Twankey.     
After Aladdin finds the lamp imprisoning the genie he embarks on a series of adventures, meets his soulmate in Princess Jasmine and saves the day. Lee Mead lends charisma (and good hair!) as male lead and has a good singing voice, a surprise to those who only know him from Holby City. He is ‘helped’ in his quest by his brother, Wishee Washee, whose wise-cracks and audience participation are effortless for Joe Pasquale who specialises in what he calls ‘controlled mayhem’. Pasquale is co-producer and this year’s pantomime is a triumph.   Abanazar is played by Phil Corbitt as a chillingly cold monster and Tegan Bannister’s experience in musical theatre stands her in good stead for the extensive singing required for the role, and her sword-fighting skills come in handy in the fight against supernatural monsters.
The staging includes the usual pop songs, silly jokes and audience interaction ( ‘It’s behind you!’, boooo, hissss etc) with special mention for the dramatic flying carpet, an excellent stunt by The Twins Effex and David Robbins as the rude and funny Pantomime Dame (Aladdin’s mother, Widow Twankey). The children and the adults were laughing throughout and everyone left the theatre in high spirits, still laughing and ready for Christmas.  
A vital part of the production is the children who take part, singing and dancing with enthusiasm and skill. The set design is impressive and skilfully creates old Peking, the palace and the laundry-rooms, a willow pattern wedding finale is outstanding but the flying carpet is the best! The costumes are all colourful but Widow Twankey’s are eye-wateringly bright, take your sunglasses as you may need them!   
Get into the festive spirit, this is a rollicking pantomime and a must-see, go and help Aladdin on his quest at Milton Keynes Theatre!  

Best availability before Christmas: Friday 20th December
at 7pm

Box Office on 0844 871 7652 (booking fees apply)