This year’s panto proved to be a smash hit with the audience.
My four-year-old daughter and I headed down to the theatre for our annual visit to the festive production, and Tony Peers Productions have certainly come up with another winner this winter.
The panto revolved around the adventures of Dick Whittington, superbly played by Rebecca Draper, and her cat Tommy, but it was the madcap duo Double Trouble, as the captain and captain’s mate, who hogged the limelight as they delivered a barrage of one-liners to keep the young audience entertained.
The poor boy from Gloucester comes to London to make his fortune and in the process is befriended by Alderman Fitzwarren (Stuart Metcalfe) and his daughter Alice (Ellie Carroll) and tPhil Beck, playing Sarah The Cook, who was the perfect dame, also offering plenty of comic relief.
Dick and Tommy also have to overcome King Rat (Dave Kustard),the sneaky villain provoking the boos and hisses from the crowd.
The supporting cast of youngsters from the Hatton School of Performing Arts played their part in some great song and dance numbers, the tunes varying from traditional favourites such as Consider Yourself to Disney songs and modern chart songs.
An underwater, musical sequence was also a cracking effort, as the production rattles along at such a rate that the two-and-a-half-hour show seems to fly by.
My young daughter loved every minute of the panto, especially Eliza Jade as Fairy Bowbells, and it seemed the rest of the audience, young and old, agreed with her.
If you are wanting to get into the festive spirit then this panto is definitely the place for you and your family.
If you want to go along and watch the show there are performances from today until New Year’s Day.
Performances: Saturday 19 December – 2.30pm and 7.30pm; Sunday 20 December – 2.30pm and 7.30pm; Monday 21 December – 2.30pm and 7.30pm; Tuesday 22 December - 2.30pm and 7.30pm; Wednesday 23 December – 2.30pm and 7.30pm; Thursday 24 December – 2.30pm; Saturday 26 December – 2.30pm and 7.30pm; Sunday 27 December – 2.30pm and 7.30pm; Monday 28 December – 2.30pm and 7.30pm; Tuesday 29 December – 2.30pm and 7.30pm; Wednesday 30 December – 2.30pm and 7.30pm; Thursday 31 December – 2.30pm; Friday 1 January - 2.30pm
Box office: 01723 821888