Get ready to shout
December 18, 2001
OH NO it isn't! Oh yes it is! It's panto time again - and this year Aladdin comes to The Hexagon theatre in Reading with the classic tale of rags to riches, helped along the way with the aid of a genie and, of course, the magical lamp.
Brimming with jokes, popular songs and stunning scenery, this year's
production does deliver on its promise to give audiences a fun-filled and enchanting experience.
Kulvinder Ghir from hit TV comedy series Goodness Gracious Me dons the slap and a fair smattering of sequins as the Genie of the Lamp, while host of TV quiz Catchphrase, Nick Weir, plays the downtrodden Aladdin, who finds the key to fame, fortune and of course true love
when he uncovers the secret of the lamp.
We saw this production last week and thoroughly enjoyed it - Kulvinder Ghir was excellent as the genie and had my 10-year-old in stitches throughout.
Nick Weir was an affable Aladdin and it made a nice change not to have the leading boy played by a girl - which has always confused the younger members of the audience.
Well worth a visit this Christmas - but get your shouting head on because there's plenty of audience participation and you will be
expected to join in.
You can catch a piece of the action with Widow Twanky, wicked Abanaza and the gang in this
spectacular journey of adventure and make-believe right through to Sunday, January 6.
Tickets cost from £8 (concessions available) - contact The Hexagon's booking office on (0118) 960 6060, or visit the website
www.readingarts.com for details.