Having over-eaten Christmas Day and feeling sloth-like we (my husband Taff, in addition to a friend from New Zealand) were glad to get out of the house Boxing Day (2013) for a traditional panto at the early 20th century Kings Theatre to see Sleeping Beauty.
Remembering Lynne McGranger from the soap ‘Home & Away’ as Irene Roberts, some years ago, she hadn’t aged a bit. Being in a foreign country, continent and time zone didn’t seem to faze her, playing the wicked fairy Carabosse. Lynne even did a groovy dance and competently sang, which was a pleasant surprise.
Again, showing my age, I recalled Tony Adams from Crossroads (or Adam Chance as he was known in the soap), who did a sterling job as King Egbert. This was the second time we had seen him in a pantomime over the years, and we were not disappointed. I would even say that he is almost on a par with the panto greats such as John Inman and Lionel Blair.
Not forgetting King Egbert’s wife, the gorgeous Queen Gertie (played by Christopher Marlowe)… a pure professional. I only wish I looked as good as s/he did in a dress!
It was nice to see Daniella Westbrook again as fairy sparkle.
Christopher Maloney (from X-factor) looked particularly dashing as the Prince, with his lovely soft Liverpudlian accent. He was definitely born to be a panto prince. Let’s hope he continues the annual tradition. I can see why the Princess (played by Helen Kent) would be easily wooed in the play…. Yet I can see why the Prince would be impressed with her looks and singing voice. A match made in panto heaven.
… And last but not least, all through the show, we were entertained by the comedic Matt Dallen as Chester…. A funny man.
We had a great view, even in the upper circle in row B, and joined in the fun shouting as loud as we could ‘Oh no it isn’t….. It’s behind you…. Hello Chester…. You look gorgeous Gertie…..’ I only wish more of the audience had joined in. We also learned the song ‘What does the fox say’, which proved really useful New Year’s Eve at a friend’s bash, as we could join in the song, impressing our peers!
A good time was had by all. I can’t wait until next year.
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