The Spectacular Aladdin at the SSE Arena Belfast is a great spectacle to behold in a very non-traditional space. It means big and little kids have plenty of space to dance sing and party in the large arena setting (adjusted to seat 2,500-4000 in a theatre setting) plus the added bonus of a large concert style stage which means more lights, more projections and more special effects. The actors enter and exit through the audience, so the seated crowd can get up close and personal to the action.
The story and characters are still traditional we have a gorgeous princess in distress (Nadia Forde), a heroic handsome prince, two wonderful genies and of course our Panto dame and trusty sidekick. Jake Carter ( yes brother of Nathan) excels in the role of Aladdin and Rhydian’s Abanazar is a fabulous baddie who seems to grow in confidence which each boo and hiss, his musical theatre background shines through and he really tries to project his voice in the large auditorium.Christina Nelson’s Wishie Washie, dressed in an amazing Belfast Giants Cheerleader outfit, holds the attention of the audience throughout, much needed as at times it was hard to concentrate on the action in such a large space but I’m putting this down to teething problems.
My favourite scene had to be the flying carpet at the end my nephews and myself were left open mouthed by the impressive visuals of Aladdin and Jasmine flying over Belfast and into the stars of outerspace accompanied by a beautiful duet by the Genie of the Ring (Naomi Rocke) and the very blue Genie of the Lamp (Ross Anderson-Doherty).It is worth the ticket price for this spectacle alone.
I look forward to see what the team come up with next year.
Emer D xx
If you want to catch the show last minute tickets are still available right up until 27th December check out the SSE Arena Belfast website for more.