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Aladdin, Glasgow

King's Theatre, Glasgow

This year’s King’s Theatre pantomime will be everything you could wish for as Elaine C Smith returns as Widow Twankey alongside Johnny Mac as the lovable eejit Wishee Washee and Paul-James Corrigan as the Imperial Palace Guard in the magical pantomime adventure Aladdin. Packed with all of the traditional panto ingredients King’s Theatre audiences expect, Aladdin will feature laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses. Read more …

Follow Aladdin, his brother Wishee Washee, and of course his mother Widow Twankey, on a spectacular adventure. Expect flying carpets, a wish-granting genie, an evil sorcerer and a lamp-full of laughs, so book your magic carpet ride to old Peking to the magical pantomime Aladdin!

The critical consensus

While some of the familiar routines feel rushed and rote, the banter and pop references keep the action flowing to the finale, and after a few years in which the King's pantomime has struggled to find a space in the packed festive season, Aladdin shows signs of reimagining the Christmas spectacle in ways that holds onto the traditions but recognises that times are changing.

***(*)(*)Gareth K Vile, The List, 07/12/2018

While McHugh’s script resonates with its strong local flavour, as ever, some of the funniest moments are unscripted.

***(*)(*)Allan Radcliffe, 12/12/2018

Aladdin shows that the King's Theatre really do know how to throw a party. With an all-star cast brimming with talent, it's well worth taking a trip to Old Peking this festive season for an adventure as you've never seen it before!

****(*)Fraser MacDonald, Broadway World, 14/12/2018

What’s probably Scotland’s finest traditional panto of the year so far.

****(*)Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman, 14/12/2018

Where and when?

King's Theatre, Glasgow from Saturday December 1, 2018, until Sunday January 6, 2019. More info:

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