Originally published in the Arbroath Herald – December 2018
There’s nothing quite like a panto come Christmas time – oh no there’s not! And over the years, the Webster Theatre has gained a reputation for producing a stellar festive show which is guaranteed to entertain the whole family.
Thankfully this year’s production Aladdin is no exception. Filled with fun and frolics, goodies, baddies, brilliant songs, fantastic dance routines and laughs aplenty, this pantomime has everything an audience could possibly want and much, much more.
With their own unique retelling of the classic tale, the Webster Theatre’s show captures the heart, soul and funny bones of their entranced audience. As you’d expect from an enchanting story like Aladdin, the production brings plenty of magic to the stage, with impressive special effects and a dazzling flying carpet to wow the audience nightly.
The brilliant cast, sparkle on stage as they act out the captivating tale. Newcomer Tony McGeever, shines in the lead role as Aladdin with Simon Donaldson providing lots of laughs and hilarious dance moves as brother, Lankie Spankie. Arron Usher returns to the Webster Theatre for a second year in a row, this time as the wickedly funny Widow Spankie, as does the fabulous Susan Coyle as the beautiful baddie Abanazar and the lovely Claudia Todd who steals Aladdin’s heart as well as our own, as Princess Jaz. Last but by no means least is champion hip-hop dancer Charles ‘Chuck’ Denton, who lights up the Arbroath theatre once again, as he performs the role of the powerful breakdancing Genie, Jay-Z.
With plenty of opportunities to boo and hiss, shout and scream, sing along and dance too, the Webster Theatre’s production, delivers festive warmth and Christmas cheer in abundance. Do you and your family a favour and catch it while you can.