I took the family to see Cinderella last year and as the cast was virtually the same this year, I couldn’t wait to return to the New Theatre.
The pantomime commenced with every Dad’s favourite Linda Lusardi appearing as Spirit of the Ring. She looked ever so glamorous, I could do with a few tips to look that good.
Aladdin’s brother Wishee Washee, played by Andy Jones, was ever so funny, he’s perfect for pantomime. My children were laughing out loud at his silliness and jokes. He also has the most infectious smile which lit up the theatre.
Aladdin was played by Ian ‘H’ Watkins, from the pop group Steps. He was charmingly good looking and fell in love with Cardiff girl Holly Bluett appearing as Princess Jasmine. They were perfect for each other and sang many catchy tunes that had the audience oooing and arrrring! There was a jaw dropping moment on a flying carpet, it’s amazing and something truly magic. Aladdin also laughed so much in one scene he couldn’t talk, it was absolutely hilarious to watch.
Widow Twankie was played by Mike Doyle. He’s positively rude, funny, whacky and has more costume changes than Madonna. There are too many funny parts to mention any one in particular but I can honestly say this man without doubt will make you laugh. Oh and Shirley Bassey watch out, there’s a new kid on the block and his name is Mike Doyle!
Mark Llewellyn is well known for his singing in Wales so I couldn’t wait to hear him sing. He played the Emperor and had his really big moment in a romantic scene with Widow Twankie. It could have been the perfect moment for the both of them, but unfortunately Widow Twankie tried to eat an apple and sing at the same time, which ended up becoming rather messy.
Our Welsh rugby hero Gareth Thomas plays the Genie and again received rapturous applause when he appeared on stage. The audience absolutely adored him, he’s the nations favourite and once again manages to strip off to get pulses racing, in a tasteful way of course.
Now the Director Sam Kane had a difficult job trying to top last years’ performance. Well let me tell you, this pantomime was awesome from start to finish. Sam Kane played the sinfully sultry part as Abanazar which suited him perfectly and he amazed us with a solo song too, I didn’t realise he could sing like that. He really got into character so much so he even gave us digs about our football and rugby and I absolutely loved it. The angrier he got the bigger boo he received. This really isn’t a cliché, I really mean it when I say this is one panto not to miss.
We got home and my 7 year old son said ‘that’s the best pantomime I have ever seen’. I couldn’t agree more. Entertainment at it’s best and that’s a guarantee!!!