Review: Mercury Panto is a winner!

The Mercury Theatre Colchester is taking audiences on a journey to Old Peking this Christmas time with their production of Aladdin.

Antony-Stuart-Hicks---Photo-Mike-KwasniakWicked Abanazar has hatched a plan to make him rich. However, in order to get the gold he needs to find the magic lamp and the only way to do this is to trick poor Aladdin into going down into the dark cave to get it for him.

Mean while Aladdin is helping his mother, Widow Twanky and brother Wishee Washee at their laundry business where they work hard to make ends meet.
In every fairy tale there’s a princesses and Aladdin longs to get the attention of Princess Jasmine.

Will Aladdin ever find his way out of the cave and win the hand of his princess? Will Abanazar get the gold? And will the washing ever get finished?

This beautiful production of Aladdin is brought to life by a very strong cast against a fantastic set, And, without giving too much away, the most amazing flying carpet scene ever witnessed – we still cant’s work out how it as done!

A special mention for Antony Stuart-Hicks who, as Widow Twanky is probably one of the best Panto Dames in the area this season. His comic timing is suburb and this coupled with amazing costumes and some great song and dance routines is purely brilliant. Stuart-Hicks has some of the best legs ever to grace the mercury stage, and how it dances in these heals we’ll never know!

This magical production of Aladdin is, in our opinion, one of the best pantomimes in the area this year. If it’s traditional family fun you are after, with twists of panto magic then this show is a must.

Aladdin will be at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester until Sunday 10th January 2016. To book tickets contact the Box office on 01206 573948 or you can book online at

Pictures: Mike Kwasniak.


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