This years festive offering of Aladdin at the Echo Arena’s Auditorium was a performance not to be missed.
Friday’s opening night saw a near-sell out venue follow Aladdin – played by Britain’s Got Talent star Michael Auger – on his adventure to win the heart of Princess Jasmine (Jessica Johann) and stop the evil Abanazar (Dean Sullivan – Brookside’s Jimmy Corkhill) from world domination.
The stars of the show had plenty of opportunities to showcase their vocal talents, with the Slave of the Ring – brought to life by Radio City’s Leanne Campbell – having some as well as great on-stage banter with other cast members that had people in stitches at times.
Despite the Eastern setting of Aladdin, the cast made sure to bring us right back to the North-West with well placed references to Liverpool that cracked a few laughs.
Children’s entertainer Mark Jones’ was in his natural habitat on the pantomime stage – which made his clumsy character all the more likeable with the audience.
Whether Wishee Washee was swimming through cream cakes or just failing to know what was going on at all, his antics had the audience howling in laughter.
Another stand out performance came from Ruby Murry – who dominated the stage as the larger than life Widow Twankey, with various outfits that were just as funny as the one-liners and innuendo-riddled humour.
All photos © Liverpool Echo Arena
Tonight wasn’t the standard Christmas pantomime but overall, audiences left the arena looking pleased. With all the vital cliches we’ve all come to know and love (oh yes there was!), it had something to get everyone smiling and clapping along.
It was announced tonight that tickets are on sale for 2018’s Christmas pantomime, which was revealed to be Peter Pan.
Until then, Aladdin runs until Christmas Eve, with tickets still available from as little as £12.50.
YouTube: Liverpool Echo Arena