We’re in Shalimar, by the way, which I think must be a near-neighbour of Shangri-la. Abu, a story-teller, sets the scene for us with rhyming couplets; he’s played by Ignatius Anthony, who is also one of the afore-mentioned genii. David Tarkenter contributes a purple-clad villain as Abanazer. He has rather more explanatory dialogue than the villain of this piece is usually afforded, and I was fascinated by the way in which the audience at a captioned performance followed the words even more closely than the visual elements.
Dale Superville (a Mercury favourite) makes a likeable Wishee Washee with Jai Vethamony as Aladdin, a foundling in this version but one with a strong individual personality. Elizabeth Brown plays Princess Jasmine, as definite a young lady as her father the Emperor (Roger Delves-Broughton) is an absent-minded ditherer. Tim Treslove’s Widow Twankey is a no-nonsense Dame with some neat ad-libs and a whole aviary of birds’ nest wigs. Clare Humphrey and Daniel Tawse are the other two genii Graeme du Fresne is the musical director.