P331 Teletext 331 Dec11 23:16:47  THEATRE   REVIEW  ——————————————  ————————————  ALADDIN, London Hackney Empire. Box office: 020 8985 2424. It's a Peking suburb around the time of many years ago and, yet again, the weirdly wonderful world of panto starts firing on all four festive cylinders. Wacky Widow Twanky is doing rather well running her Washee-Me-Nicks Laundry at the refurbished Hackney Empire with her two sons, Wishee Washee and Aladdin. Decked with crazily colourful costumes and characters that wow the kids, it's washing time for pun and song alike. ——————————————————————————————————————— by Peter Guile FOCUS ON THE FOOTSIE p511/512 Review W End A-G W EndH-N Total Ents
P331 Teletext 331 Dec11 23:17:04  THEATRE   REVIEW  ——————————————  ————————————  ALADDIN, London Hackney Empire. Box office: 020 8985 2424. Clive Rowe, musical theatre supremo and dame of dubious vintage, calls the cards as the dotty mistress of dodgy double entendres, Widow Twanky. In the wash of her tsunami-like waves, Kat B, of MTV Base fame, capably coaxes the kids to screams of ecstasy as a seriously street-wise Wishee Washee. Add no-nonsense attitude from Tameka Empson (the short one in 3 Non-Blondes) as Genie of the Ring and all sparkles. ——————————————————————————————————————— Lifestyle index 340 Get BILL BAILEY & other tickets Ticketmaster 0870 4000771 or p646 Review W End A-G W EndH-N Total Ents
P331 Teletext 331 Dec11 23:17:21  THEATRE   REVIEW  ——————————————  ————————————  ALADDIN, London Hackney Empire. Box office: 020 8985 2424. Aladdin, a likely lad of luck and oriental leisure, lazily languishes in a lair of Laundromat luxury. That is until he meets Princess Mai. It's trouble at first sight for the love-struck duo as now the Empress wants Aladdin's head, and all because he spoke to her daughter, the Princess. Abanazer, comically camp and slightly evil, wants all of him for just one minute to retrieve a magic lamp. ——————————————————————————————————————— Latest movie reviews 313 DVDs 314 Get SCROOGE THE MUSICAL tickets Ticketmaster 0870 4000771 or p646 Review W End A-G W EndH-N Total Ents
P331 Teletext 331 Dec11 23:15:57  THEATRE   REVIEW  ——————————————  ————————————  ALADDIN, London Hackney Empire. Box office: 020 8985 2424. Aladdin is a lad in a cave, gets lamp, keeps said lamp, gets trapped in cave, is dumped by Abanazer, escapes, gets rich and princess, but then... One of hundreds of pantos competing for our ticket money, this one glitters in its sharp script, strong cast and welcome lack of jaded minor soap stars. With just one or two exceptions, an experienced cast melds its talents into a coherent, traditional fun panto. ——————————————————————————————————————— Total Entertainment 300 Get BILL BAILEY & other tickets Ticketmaster 0870 4000771 or p646 Review W End A-G W EndH-N Total Ents
P331 Teletext 331 Dec11 23:16:15  THEATRE   REVIEW  ——————————————  ————————————  ALADDIN, London Hackney Empire. Box office: 020 8985 2424. Clive Rowe is a truly larger-than-life Widow Twanky, loaded with outrageous costumes and apt adult utterings. Like: "The only difference between a wedding and a funeral is that you get to smell your own flowers." Or: "I've got the body of a Greek goddess," to which Ping ripostes: "Give it back then. You're stretching it." Just some of the canny stings in writer-director Susie McKenna's script. ——————————————————————————————————5/6—— Win Phantom Of The Opera CDs 307 CHAT TO GIRLS OR WITH PEOPLE ACROSS THE UK p664 Review W End A-G W EndH-N Total Ents
P331 Teletext 331 Dec11 23:16:10  THEATRE   REVIEW  ——————————————  ————————————  ALADDIN, London Hackney Empire. Box office: p20 8985 2424. Tony Timberlake (Abanazer) is playful with the kids' hisses and Omar F Okai (Genie of the Lamp) magically delights as he flies through the air and sings. The downside is Nikki Stokes (Aladdin) who's more feminine and cute than Eva Alexander (Princess). Aladdin should at least have a semblance of boyishness! With catchy '70s songs, heaps of energy, punter participation and even a chanteuse camel it oozes panto panache. ——————————————————————————————————6/6—— Teletext Rating: ***** (Excellent) PLANET'S THE PLACE FOR MUSIC p350 Review W End A-G W EndH-N Total Ents