Last year’s pantomime at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre was exceptional – this season they’ve only gone and topped it!
From the initial curtain rise, the Manchester Opera House’s production of Dick Whittington had all the makings of a classic pantomime.
It’s Christmas! Which can only mean one thing … It’s Panto time!! ‘Oh no it isn’t’ ‘Oh yes it is’…you get the point! I was lucky enough to be invited to Theatre Royal Stratford East’s performance of Rapunzel.
A splendid script and pitch-perfect performances make a tale as old as time feel as fresh as a daisy at Musselburgh’s Brunton Theatre.
This year’s King’s pantomime – Cinderella – is a more plot-driven and less reliant on effects than many of recent years. It also lacks some of the more interactive elements of panto, but for sheer fun and laughter it scores very highly indeed.
Staged amid visually attractive cut-out sets that transported the audience to a world of wonder in such locations as The Darlings’ nursery, Neverland, Crocodile Creek, on board a pirate ship and beneath the sea, this production had a lot to offer with a talking bra, some super soakers, a giant gorilla and jokes about a mermaid’s shell phone all proving popular with the young audience.
At just under an hour’s length The Gruffalo makes for perfect entertainment for the little ones, with Tall Stories promising a sequel of The Gruffalo’s Child for next year!
Of course, a good Peter Pan is all about the star-billed talent playing the dastardly Captain Hook – and to be fair, they don’t come much bigger or more dastardly than David Hasselhoff.
Garrick Theatre, London****Written by Daniel Clarkson, Jefferson Turner and Richard HurstDirected by Richard HurstJefferson Turner and Daniel ClarksonPotted Panto, the Olivier nominated offering from Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, the pair behin…
Hackney Empire’s award-winning Susie McKenna has created a brand new take on the fairy-tale story of Sleeping Beauty, bringing the classic yarn up to date for this year’s pantomime.