Aladdin and the Twankeys
York Theatre Royal
Until February 1
by Janet Harrison
It all comes out well in the wash even with a plot.
For the first time in living memory dame Berwick Kaler announced to the audience that there is a plot to this year’s York Theatre Royal pantomime.
The evil Abanazar must seek out the oldest man in china known as the Special One as only he can tell him the name of the Chosen One who will lead him to untold riches.
Complications set in when he finds Aladdin has an identical twin brother who looks nothing like him.
The Genie of the Ring keeps knocking himself out and wakes up thinking he’s someone else.
Following the plot?
Fear not as Aladdin and the Twankeys is full of hilarious mayhem, slapstick and breath-taking sets and costumes.
And then there’s Berwick Kaler, the favourite of generations of Babbies and Bairns who visit each year to see the renowned panto dame star in productions he has written, and co-directed.
And his stalwart favourites Martin Barrass and Suzy Cooper (Princess Peke-A-Boo star) are alongside him, although Cooper could have done with a little more to do in her 21st York pantomime.
Alexander Braatz, as Aladdin, was refreshing but a real star was AJ Powell as the Genie of the Ring, who delivers his multiple characters and funny lines in a Brummie accent, with entertaining accuracy.
Jonathan Race has come back for another year as the villain, this time as Abanazar.
As well as the magical costumes and sets there are breathtaking moments in the flying scenes which the Theatre Royal does so well, to the delight of younger members of the audience.
The film show which takes the cast out into the streets of York has become a popular addition and this was the case with their choice of routine to their take on Village People’s In the Navy.
Although Kaler claims it’s the same old rubbish, the show is just as refreshing as it has always been.
Aladdin and the Twankeys will be at York Theatre Royal until February 1 2014.