Hastings Christmas Panto Aladdin Review

It is the return of the Christmas panto in Hastings at the White Rock Theatre and this year saw the return of panto classic Aladdin. 

The audience looked on as they saw Aladdin grant his three wishes given by the Genie and try to save Princess Jasmine from marrying evil Abanazar. The crowds booed and cheered through the show which also got them shouting out classic pantomime lines such ‘oh no he isn’t’ and ‘oh no he is’.

Aladdin was packed with a huge selection of songs for all the family to sing along to including Higher Love by Witney Houston, Hairspray the Musical song You can’t stop the beat and an ABBA melody too. 


There was also a star-studded cast too; with Blue member Duncan James starring as main man Aladdin. His performance was outstanding with excellent vocals and phenomenal acting. It felt like you had just stepped inside of the Disney film itself.  

The panto also saw a return for comedian Ben Watson who played Aladdin’s brother Wishee Washee. Ben has previously been in other Hastings pantomimes including Cinderella, Dick Whittington, Sleeping Beauty and Peter Pan. With his comedic charm, Ben fooled around on stage and even got the audience singing and dancing with him about ice cream. 

Ben Watson returns to Hastings panto as Wishee Washee in Aladdin

Other cast members included Tim McArthur as Widow Twankey, Richard J Hunt as Abanazar, Andy Cryer as The Emperor, Louie Westwood as The Genie, Tamara Eden as Princess Jasmine and Talia Duff as Spirit of the Ring. 

Tim McArthur as Widow Twankey in Hastings

The sets and props felt like you had just stepped into the Chinese town of Old Peking itself. The audience took a look into behind the walls of the elegant palace belonging to the Emperor and took and peak into the magical cave where Aladdin meets the Genie. 

As a whole, the performance was full of song, dance laughs and cheers and a very happy audience at the end of it. It’s a great trip out with the whole family. 

Aladdin at the White Rock Theatre runs from 13th December until the 29th December. 

Tickets and timings are available here

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