Approved by ATG's PR & Communications Officer, David Bradbury
The Home of London pantomime played host a star studded press night for Aladdin which has won rave reviews from celebs, audiences and critics alike!
On Monday 9 December, New Wimbledon Theatre hosted the press night for Aladdin with BAFTA-winning comedienne, writer and actress Jo Brand making her panto debut as Genie of the Ring alongside Britain's Got Talent stars, Flawless as the Peking Police Force and Olivier Award winning actor and television presenter Matthew Kelly as Widow Twankey. They are also joined by two renowned West End Musical Theatre stars; Oliver Thornton (Priscilla Queen Of the Desert, Starlight Express, The Rocky Horror Show) in the title role of Aladdin, and Olivier Award winning actor David Bedella (Jerry Springer - The Opera, The Rocky Horror Show) who plays Abanazar.
The glittering press night attracted a wonderfully diverse list of star names from the entertainment world including Sara Cox, Eamonn Holmes, Natalie Appleton, Gail Porter, Bill Oddie, Gok Wan, Rufus Hound, Sally Bercow, Ronnie Ancona, Ricky Norwood, Paul Merton, Hermione Norris, Nell McAndrew, Jenni Falconer, Lizzie Cundy, Jade Parfitt, Gareth Thomas, Frankie Essex, Jasmin Walia, Amanda Lamb amongst many more. See their vox pops in our exciting and exclusive trailer here.
**** Daily Telegraph, Timeout & Evening Standard
‘Matthew Kelly is in wonderful form as Widow Twankey...Flawless, strut, somersault and spin on their heads with tremendous panache’
The Daily Telegraph
‘Brilliant Matthew Kelly - dame of the season...With enough pizzazz and pyrotechnics to take your face off, Wimbledon wins the arms race’
‘Jo Brand - a delightfully grumpy Genie of the Ring’...Flawless - their pacy, finely choreographed moves are never less than exhilarating’
This star studded press night didn’t only delight celebrity guests but Aladdin has also received 4* reviews across the board from Time Out, Daily Telegraph and Evening Standard. Time Out declared,
'Where other venues are content to merely stage their pantomimes, New Wimbledon fires it at you from a massive, glittering panto-cannon. ‘Aladdin’ is the epitome of the commercial, celeb-ridden Christmas show, and it’s totally irresistible.'
In other news, Aladdin at New Wimbledon Theatre has now taken over £1 million net at the Box Office and are tracking ahead of their record-breaking year in 2010; and significantly ahead of this time last year.