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Good cast let down by the script; THEATRE REVIEW Aladdin Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl.


THIS is a pantomime very much to be seen but preferably not heard.

Fortunately, excited and enthralled children in the audience made so much noise that much of the dialogue was inaudible.

The bits I did hear suggested it had been written by a computer spell checker. Charles Burden as Widow Twankey was very wise to let his extravagant costumes, which I understand he makes himself, do most of the acting.

Pity about the script because the company is great. Richard Elis, a Max Boyce sound-alike, had the audience eating out of his hand.

Tony Scannel as Abanazar was splendid, Veronica Spiteri a tasty and winsome Princess and the Principal Boy, Deborah McAndrew, though small was perfectly-thighed and designed by nature to wear brief doublets and high-heeled boots.

Both had charming voices.

Most of the admirable chorus seem to have graduated from the North Wales school of dancing which also combined with the Harris Dancers to produce a juvenile troop bright as dolly mixtures.

The sets were a joy and the costumes spectacular and glamorous.

But it was a pity about the script.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 17, 2001
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