Aladdin (2 stars)


SECC Christmas show stars The Krankies and John Barrowman

If you think this arena spectacular violates that unspoken rule of knowing crapness in pantomime by promising 3D graphics and a celebrity star for whom the phrase ‘it’s behind you’ unusually couldn’t be applied to his career, think again. The SECC’s Aladdin proves a family Christmas show that’s surprisingly crapper than most.

Dashing bidialectal Scots-American John Barrowman’s all-singing, all-flouncing presence in the lead role (many amusing nod and winks are made from the absurdity of a high-profile gay entertainer pursuing a beautiful princess) is balanced out by him being placed opposite ghosts of Christmases past The Krankies. Their blue double-entendres keep parents chuckling, though Jimmy’s midget SuBo caricature’s squirting pussycat is taking things much too far.

The 3D genie would have looked laughable even in the pre-Avatar age, and even if the computer hadn’t crashed during the climactic final rubbing of the lamp scene – at which point a valiantly ad-libbing Barrowman may have wanted to use that last wish to set himself free.

SECC, Glasgow, until Sun 9 Jan


John Barrowman takes centre stage in this big budget panto, also featuring the Krankies and a 3D genie.


1. Emma D15 Dec 2010, 2:04pm Report

Loved this panto. Yes, it was a bit blue in places but the kids had no idea. The Krankies were the stars and Barrowman was very entertaining. The kids around me certainly loved it and were engrossed the whole way through. I thought the 3D effects brought magic to the whole experience and the technical hitch was soon forgotten about. Only down side was the lacklustre Widow Twanky but it's fair to say he/she wasn't really the main attraction.

2. aldoh16 Dec 2010, 11:26pm Report

Couldnt disagree more with the reviewer here, Mr E Scrooge? The Krankies once again prove why they are kings and queens of Panto.....with Janette stealing the show. Barrowman carried the show quite easily with his charm and transatlantic wit. The Genie - whereas its not quite avatar was more than serviceable for the weans and worked very well! All round great value for money, will i go back? Oh yes I will!!!

3. Alison Rathbone17 Dec 2010, 11:46am Report

I dont particularly like Panto's but found this really funny, Janette Crankie was the star for me, the reviewer must have had a sense of humour bypass on the day bah humbug to him. I would definately go again and my wee boy loved it so much so he is going again on tuesday

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