It’s panto season and we have seen Aladdin….Oh yes we have! *

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We were invited to see Aladdin on the opening night which also doubled as press night at The Regent Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire and here’s our account of our experience and the show. The theatre was buzzing with people all excited to experience the performance, many have routinely come every year for the last 12 years while others were coming for their first time.  We saw couples, little kids with their families and their grandparents as well.  Our advice, is to get to The Regent Theatre early, so that you get a great parking and walk calmly with the kids to the theatre.  Upon arival, you could purchase the programme booklets for just £5. The booklet contains lots of information about other productions happening at the Regent, details about the Aladdin cast and their bio as well as some children’s activity sheets (which our kids loved).  There are drink, snack and sourvenir stalls as well to enjoy for a minimal fee.

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We headed to the press area which was at the Piano Bar  to collect our tickets and have some light nibles.  Thanks to the media team, our kids loved the themed cupcake, chocolate gold coins and their magic lamp key chain souvenir (which is hanging on their school bags now).

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As we just got settled in and before you could say ‘Aye Up Aladdin’ (a phrase you would be saying through out the night), it was time for us to head to watch the show.  We collected our 3D glasses as we entered in, and the kids immediately put it on.  Some photo of us before the show started.

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Photos and video’s are not allowed during the panto, but here’s a sneak peak video of the atmosphere of the place as well as some production photos given to us so that you can also get a feel of the performance.

Just before the show started

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Our highlights?

If you ask us, why go watch the show? Well there are just too many reasons to mention but let’s start with the fabulous stage designs, grand costumes, great vocals and the grandest of all… the special 3D effects and magic carpet routine which gave the show the extra edge.  This does not include the localised jokes, banter and interactive chats between the actors and audience which Stoke-on-Trent is renowned for.

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Without giving too much away, our kids were both scared and thrilled at times even ducking at the flying 3D objects which was coming towards us.  We saw kids and other adults reaching out to press the ‘do not press button’ and being so involved.  The best part about the panto is that both young and old are entertained with the jokes and banter and there are alot of local elements to it, mentioning a few football clubs and places which kept the crowd entertained.

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Our favourite stars of the show, Christian Patterson as Widow Twanky and Jonny Wilkes as Aladdin

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And need we say… our favourite costume of the whole set… made our kids laugh their heads off when Widow Twanky made her appearance

Tips

Parking is ample either arond the public car parks, do check the rules. Some might need you to pay even at night. We parked up at intu Potteries and that cost us £1 (its fixed rate after 6pm).

The Regent also provides binoculars (usually located at the front) for £1. This is a bargain as the kids love looking through it, even if you have front row seats.

Here’s a little bio about Jonathan Wilkes as well as Christian Patterson

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About the cast

Before we headed to the show, our 7 and 4-year-old they kept asking if both Jonny Wilkes, Christian Patterson and Simon Nehan were going to be acting in the play. Our kids still remembered watching them from last year’s panto, Cinderella.  Aladdin boasts of some fabulous cast and crew which make the show so magical and memorable.  Each and every one of them made us roar with laugter and enchant us with their beautiful and glittery costumes and make-up.

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The beautiful Yazmin Wood as Princess Jasmine who sang amazingly

This year Jonny is Aladdin, Christian is Widow Twanky (we just have to mention that her costume was very fashionable and flattered her figure perfectly!),  Simon Nehan is Emperor Ming, Kai Owen is the villainous Abanazar while  Yazmin Wood is Princess Jasmine and Amanda Coutts is the glittery Scheherazade.  There were also a lot of talented young and upcoming performers from The Wilkes Academy of Performing Arts who did ever so well.

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The ever to tallented Simon Nehan was Emperor Ming

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The cast at the finale

How do I book tickets to watch Aladdin?

Tickets are now on sale and available from the Box Office, by calling 0844 871 7649 or by visiting ATG’s website here.

How long is the show for and what are the timings?

The show will be opening on Friday,  15 December and will run until Sunday, 7 January 2018.

Evening shows are at 7pm while matinee shows will be at 2pm.  There will be some morning 11am shows as well as audio description, touch tour and signed performance. Please check the website for full details on timings.

How much do the tickets cost?

Tickets are priced from £12 to £34.50

 

* Thank you to The Regent Theatre for the production photos

 

51 Comments

  1. December 17, 2017 / 3:08 pm

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    • yeahlifestyle
      December 17, 2017 / 10:10 pm

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  2. December 17, 2017 / 5:07 pm

    Sounds like such fun! Can’t go wrong with some 3D holiday entertainment!

    • yeahlifestyle
      December 17, 2017 / 10:07 pm

      Yes totally agree Michelle, the 3D was fabulous

  3. Ivonne
    December 17, 2017 / 9:36 pm

    First of all ~ what a beautiful Theatre!!! What a thrill that must have been for your children. Looks like a great time was had by all with those smiling faces!

    • yeahlifestyle
      December 17, 2017 / 10:07 pm

      Thanks Ivonne, we all had a fabulous time at the panto

  4. December 18, 2017 / 4:44 am

    My kids would have been thrilled to see this panto! They loved the Disney animated version and since all 4 of them have experience performing on stage, I think a live performance would be a lot of fun for them. Plus the 3D glasses? Don’t even get me started!

    • yeahlifestyle
      December 18, 2017 / 8:30 am

      Yes I am sure they would have loved the 3D effects as well as the costumes and stage backdrops. Hope you have a great holiday Kyla x

  5. December 18, 2017 / 8:30 am

    Looks fantastic and a great way to spend time with family, I have always loved Alladin.

  6. December 18, 2017 / 9:36 am

    The ticket prices sound totally reasonable – I have seem some that have way more expensive! Would love to take my two littles

    • yeahlifestyle
      December 18, 2017 / 10:04 am

      I hope you do managed to get tickets to see them Rebecca, its super good x

  7. December 18, 2017 / 6:36 pm

    Oh how much fun! We love a good pantomime and Aladdin is always a good choice! We are off to dick Whittington this week!

    • yeahlifestyle
      December 18, 2017 / 8:11 pm

      Thank you, yes it was a great choice. Dick Whittington sounds equally fun too, enjoy your panto this weekend!

  8. December 18, 2017 / 11:24 pm

    I love Aladdin. I have seen it a few times and it never fails to disappoint. Although it does make me miss Robin Williams.

    • yeahlifestyle
      December 19, 2017 / 9:29 am

      Oh yes, he was the best, we miss him too, such talent!!

  9. December 18, 2017 / 11:38 pm

    I used to love going to pantos when I was kid but I’ve not been to one in years x

    • yeahlifestyle
      December 19, 2017 / 9:28 am

      Yes its fabulous to watch when you are a child x

  10. Aireona
    December 19, 2017 / 12:46 am

    I was never into seeing shows until I met my sister-in-law. She loves shows and now I do too. It is such a fun experience, and I really get that feel from your post. Looks like it was a great time!

  11. Blair villanueva
    December 19, 2017 / 9:21 am

    Wow this is cool! I only watched the cartoon version and hope i could see this in theater as well. Also praying that Aladdin would have a new movie inspiration!

  12. December 19, 2017 / 12:02 pm

    I love going to panto so much fun. I have watched this panto version and seen the more serious show on broadway in New York – both equally as good x

    • yeahlifestyle
      December 19, 2017 / 12:30 pm

      Panto is certainly fun, we hope to catch a show in broadway someday x

  13. December 19, 2017 / 12:44 pm

    Oh my gosh this looks like a beautiful show! I can only imagine being able to see the beautiful costumes in person!

    • yeahlifestyle
      December 19, 2017 / 1:31 pm

      Yes the backdrops and costumes were just amazing!

  14. December 19, 2017 / 12:54 pm

    Pantos are so much fun and this one sounds no different. Sounds like you all had a fun time

    • yeahlifestyle
      December 19, 2017 / 1:30 pm

      Yes we did Sarah

  15. December 19, 2017 / 1:47 pm

    Christmas is the perfect time of year to go to the theatre and go see the panto so am glad that you enjoyed seeing the panto. I love Aladdin !

    • yeahlifestyle
      December 19, 2017 / 2:17 pm

      Thanks Ana, its become our tradition now to see a panto during Christmas. Hope you have a great Christmas too

  16. December 19, 2017 / 2:38 pm

    We went to the Peter Pan Panto at our local theatre last Sunday and enjoyed it immensely too. Would love to see Aladdin and this sounds like a great performance and location x Perfect as a Christmas family tradition.

    • yeahlifestyle
      December 19, 2017 / 3:54 pm

      Oh Peter Pan must have been great as well, glad you enjoyed that performance. Yes totally a great tradition and we love all the Panto’s shown at The Regent Theatre.

  17. December 19, 2017 / 3:09 pm

    The Widow Twanky caught my eye and I had to do a double take….because that character also appeared in the old “Hercules” TV show as well!!Glad you and your family had such a great time!

    • yeahlifestyle
      December 19, 2017 / 4:18 pm

      Ahh interesting, not seen that show, need to go check it out and yes we had a lovely time thank you.

  18. December 19, 2017 / 4:54 pm

    I love Jonathan Wilkes, I would go just to see him. I do love a good panto though

    • yeahlifestyle
      December 19, 2017 / 5:18 pm

      He is just amazing, he does the Panto at The Regent Theatre every year and the crowd loves him. Do try to catch his show if you can.

  19. Helen
    December 19, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    It looks like you all had an amazing time at Aladdin. I love that it has 3D effects. The nibbles look so good too, especially the filled yorkshire puddings.
    We don’t go to pantomimes now my daughter is older but we always loved them, such a good family day out.

  20. December 19, 2017 / 9:39 pm

    I just love panto they are so much fun! Its been many years since I last seen my last one. This looks like a fun play

    • yeahlifestyle
      December 20, 2017 / 7:50 am

      Thanks Melissa it was fun as both the kids and adults enjoyed it.

  21. December 20, 2017 / 1:14 am

    I miss going to pantos! I used to go every year when I was a kid, this brings back so many memories!

    • yeahlifestyle
      December 20, 2017 / 7:46 am

      I am glad Nina, its lovely to remember things you did in your childhood sometimes

    • yeahlifestyle
      December 20, 2017 / 9:27 am

      Yes they had a fab time Lauretta, thank you x

  22. Hannah
    December 20, 2017 / 12:43 pm

    It’s so cool that this has 3D elements! Can’t beat Panto at Christmas

    • yeahlifestyle
      December 20, 2017 / 3:52 pm

      Yes, totally cutting edge with the 3D effects

  23. December 20, 2017 / 3:25 pm

    We always used to take the children to the pantomime when they were smaller; to be honest I think us adults enjoyed it more than they did!!!

    • yeahlifestyle
      December 20, 2017 / 3:52 pm

      Totally agree, we adults loved it as much as well

  24. December 20, 2017 / 4:07 pm

    That sounds amazing, I’d love to see it someday. Sounds like you guys had tons of fun during the event.

    • yeahlifestyle
      December 20, 2017 / 9:27 pm

      Yes we did Angela, thank you x

  25. Hannah
    December 21, 2017 / 12:41 am

    I love a good panto . This one looks very fun. I havent been to one this year

    • yeahlifestyle
      December 21, 2017 / 8:59 am

      Do try to catch this if you can Hannah

  26. December 21, 2017 / 3:16 pm

    Ahh the title of this made me chuckle. I’d forgotten the days of Pantomimes and screaming “he’s behind you!” and other such things. So much fun before Christmas!

  27. December 22, 2017 / 4:05 pm

    Oh we do love a good panto in this house (Oh yes we do!) My girls were only talking the other day about Aladdin being their favourite. I love when the audience can really get involved x

    • yeahlifestyle
      December 22, 2017 / 5:14 pm

      Yes The Regent Theatre is known for its loud and interactive crowd and performances

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