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ALADDIN - 18th December 2009 - 10th January 2010

It might not have the big-name star studded cast that New Wimbledon Theatre's version has, but Epsom Playhouse's production of Aladdin certainly does not disappoint. Its big name star is Ben Nickless who plays Wishee Washee. The zany comedian has bags of energy and keeps the audience entertained throughout the whole show. He is a particular favourite with the kids, but also manages to keep the grown-ups laughing with his many one-liners and impressions. Full of colour, toe-tapping music and fast-paced dance routines, the show has plenty of special effects and a fantastic supporting cast, worthy of any West End stage. Add to that superb scenery and a fantastic costume wardrobe, the show is definitely not one to miss. Katherine Newton, 12/2009

I haven't been to many pantomimes, if any. But Aladdin, at Epsom Playhouse had the audience in stitches. Another member of the audience stated "It was hilarious and very entertaining right from the beginning", and another said "at one point the humour had me in tears". There was a positive interaction between the audience and the cast all the way through the play, which included children volunteering to go up on stage towards the end to play musical instruments. Despite the abundance of humour added into the script the cast obviously didn't think it was enough! I personally enjoyed the show immensely, laughing all the way through and admiring the talent of the cast, as did the other viewers I spoke to. However I think everyone's favourite character was the comedian Wishee Washee played by Ben Nickless, from BBC1's Let Me Entertain You. Coming in throughout the play and between scenes, he kept the whole audience entertained throughout. Jenny Bartlett, featured in Epsom Guardian, 24/12/2009



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