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Beauty and the Beast – Pantomime 2022-23

8th December 2022 - 1st January 2023

A sparkling fairy tale pantomime for 2022-23, starring Melanie Walters (Gavin and Stacey) as Fairy Bon Bon, Malvern’s Favourite Funny Man Mark James as Louis La Plonk, Olivia Birchenough from Channel 5’s Milkshake! as Belle and Leon Craig as Polly La Plonk.

Join Belle, The Beast, Fairy Bon Bon, larger than life Polly La Plonk and her cheeky chappy son Louis La Plonk as they are transported to a cursed castle, under the spell of an evil enchantress. Can the wicked Hugo be defeated, can Belle see beyond the Beast and fall in love with her captor, will the Beasts heart be melted by Belles beauty?

With an unmissable transformation moment, slide splitting comedy, stunning sets and costumes, and an award winning script (Best Script – Great British Pantomime Awards 2019), join us for a must see, magnificent adventure.

Running time: Approx. 2 hours 45 minutes (including interval)

Book early to secure the best seats and before September 1st 2022 for the early 10% discount.

December 2022

Thurs 8th 7pm

Fri 9th 1pm & 7pm

Sat 10th 2.30pm & 7pm

Sun 11th 1pm & 5pm

Mon 12th – No Performances

Tues 13th 1pm & 7pm

Wed 14th 10.15am & 6pm

Thurs 15th 10.15am & 6pm

Fri 16th 10.15am & 6pm

Sat 17th 2.30pm & 7pm

Sun 18th 1pm & 5pm

Mon 19th – No Performances

Tues 20th 1pm & 6pm

Wed 21st 1pm & 6pm

Thurs 22nd 1pm & 6pm

Fri 23rd 1pm & 6pm

Sat 24th 1pm & 5pm

Sun 25th – No Performances

Mon 26th 1pm & 5pm

Tues 27th 1pm & 5pm

Wed 28th 1pm & 5pm

Thurs 29th 1pm & 5pm

Fri 30th 1pm & 6pm

Sat 31st 10am (Relaxed) & 2.30pm

January 2023

Sun 1st 2.30pm

 

Red Prices all seats £15.12 (No Concessions or Discounts)

Purple Prices £28, £25.76, £21.28, £17.92

Green Prices £33.60, £30.24, £26.88, £23.52

Relaxed Performance all seats £10        

Over 60s/Unwaged £2 Off; Under 16s £6 Off
10% Off for Groups of 10+ (Only when booked through the Box Office 01684 892277)

 

RELAXED PERFORMANCE

There will be a relaxed performance of Beauty and the Beast on Saturday 31st December 2022 at 10am                                   

Relaxed performances are specifically designed for people who find regular performance settings challenging. We extend a warm welcome to people who feel overwhelmed by the ordinary performance environment. These relaxed performances are open to ANYONE who would benefit from a relaxed, non-judgmental atmosphere including (but not limited to) people living with dementia; people with an Autism Spectrum Condition; people with learning difficulties; people with sensory or communication difficulties; parents with young babies; and anyone who feels they would benefit from a more supportive and inclusive theatre-going experience.

Relaxed performance: All seats £10.00 (Carers half price).

 

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Details

Start:
8th December 2022
End:
1st January 2023
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Venue

Festival Theatre
Grange Road
Malvern, WR14 3HB

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Price:
£15.12-£33.60 (Prices include 12% booking fee)
Book by 1st September 2022 to get 10% off*
Prices featured when booking online include 10% discount
For groups of 10+ please call the box office on 01684 892277
Show Times:
Thursday 8th December '22 to Sunday 1st January '23

Event Reviews

  • Susie

    This was, quite honestly, the best pantomime we’ve ever been to!! We took our daughter, her husband and 3 grandchildren and we all loved every minute! The cast were superb, especially Leon Craig and Mark James, who were both hilarious and Phil Atkinson was so funny too. Melanie Walters was fantastic as Fairy Bon Bon and, together, they just gave the most wonderful performance. It was absolutely the icing on the cake for our Christmas and we will definitely be back next year for Cinderella! This year’s will be very hard to beat! Thank you so much from us all!

  • The View from the Stalls

    Panto is definitely back with a bang in Malvern this Christmas. Beauty and the Beast is the name of the game and it features a great cast, one of whom is very familiar to Malvern audiences. Yes, Mark James is back in the role he has made his own over the past few years. Same character. Same song. Same silly jokes. Different name. This time he is Louis La Plonk - from the Plonkers dynasty obviously - and the audience get their response in to his catchphrase ("Where's me mates?") before he had even asked for it, which says something about both Mark and the Malvern audience.

    Topical in parts as ever (the first Liz Truss joke hit us within the first 30 seconds which must be something of a record!), the story takes us to the French village of Camembert where the show's Boo Hiss character is the slimy Hugo Pompidou (superbly played by Phil Atkinson who in this role has to endure being mocked if only for his version of the French language). The traditional dame this time is Louis's mother Polly (Leon Craig) who works the extravagant costumes for all they are worth and you will never see anyone with a bigger baguette on stage than Polly!. Coming in with a lilting Welsh accent to oversee proceedings and making sure her charges are safe is Melanie Walters (best known for Gavin & Stacey) who makes no bones about the fact that she is also there to allow the scene changes to take place… The Love affair between Belle (Milkshake's Olivia Birchenough) and the hairy Beast (Shaun Dalton) gets off, of course, to a shaky start, he having sent her beloved father Clement (seasoned pantomimer David Alcock) into the wilderness and imprisoning Belle but relations begin to thaw, which is more than can be said for the one between Belle and Hugo… he ultimately gets his just rewards by being suitably and severely punished and turned into… an Englishman! Zut alors! The Beast's transformation into human form is very cleverly done.

    The cast is complemented by an excellent dance troupe of villagers (Oliver Ferro, Chris Gray, Kathy Bancroft, Lily Dyde, Beau Prance and Talia Webby) who, in conjunction with talented youngsters from the local Cecilia Hall Dance Centre, provide some well-enacted choreography, with a bit of acrobatics thrown in for good measure.

    Great music (the Beast's re-interpratation of Sam Ryder's Spaceman as Beastman was brilliant) and dance routines are key to any pantomime and this plus the outlandish costumes of Polly make this a superb, enjoyable and very funny pantomime. There was, however, one element which truly means that panto is back where it belongs, as an entertainment for kids. Missing, for understandable reasons, in previous years was the element of trepidation when 3 young members of the audience are brought up on stage to play a game with Mark James. And he couldn't have had a better start than the first night's victims, with one of them being the cutest 4 year old boy imaginable who was given a guitar to play which was bigger than he was. The youngster had hits wits about him too and gave Mark a run for his money - literally!

    Malvern thankfully can't get enough of Mark and it has already been confirmed that he will be back next year in the role of Buttons in Cinderella (where he started in Malvern) which premieres on December 14th 2023. Tickets on sale with an Early Booking discount of 10%…

    For another traditional seasonal treat, A Christmas Carol is presented by Malvern Theatre's own Stage Company from December 20th to 30th. Heart-warming stuff!

  • Weekend Notes - Alison Brinkworth

    There's something very charismatic about Malvern Theatre's annual panto. It's not particularly high tech and has a familiar face or two, but it somehow always manages to hit the nail when it comes to the festive feel-good factor.

    This year, it's Beauty and the Beast panto that's on til January 1.

    Headlining is Melanie Walters from Gavin and Stacey (Stacey's mum) as Fairy Bon Bon but she takes a back seat to the fabulously gregarious panto dame Leon Craig and Malvern favourite Mark James, as the kind of compere.

    This panto has already previously won an award and you can see why. It's not often you see Beauty and The Beast as a pantomime but this has been done in such detail and even has well-adapted songs from Les Miserables.

    Shaun Dalton as The Beast has such a stunning classical voice that you could be forgiven for feeling like you were at Phantom of the Opera or some other West End musical during his numbers. There's plenty of pop hits too but the balance works well to give this show an extra quality.

    There's a French theme, so expect plenty of 'Allo' Allo style pronunciation jokes but who doesn't love a bit of saucy misinterpretation! Beauty and The Beast is zestfully joyful with a cheeky sense of ooh la la from Craig as dame Polly La Plonk and arrogant baddie Hugo Pompidou(an impressively vibrant and comic Phil Atkinson, who played Woody in EastEnders).

    Returning comedian Mark James has done numerous pantos here and the kids absolutely love him. He's even already committed to coming back next year for Cinderella.

    Playing Belle is Olivia Birchenough from Channel 5's Milkshake! and although she sings well, she fades into the background a little along with Walters compared to the more outrageous characters. I think they both needed to up their tempo a notch to get noticed.

    There's a wonderful set that transports the audience to a cursed castle. It's some of the best staging I've seen at Malvern's panto to date.

    It may not have the big special effects seen in cities like Birmingham but there is an impressive scene when the Beast transforms back into a Prince live on stage.

    Beauty and the Beast panto is a riotous laugh that appeals to all ages. It's fun and madcap but also has a great tale and showstopping songs.

  • Val Wallcroft

    Yes the Panto season is once again upon us and what a treat is! With a fine cast, including Malverns own Mark James as Louis La Plonk - Olivia Birchenough as Belle, and as aways we must have a ' baddie' - cue Beast - played by Shaun Dalton.

    All the cast gave excellent performances. Phil Atkinson as Hugo Pompidou provided many laughs. The whole cast certainly put on fine performances which certainly wouldn't look out of place at big venues such as Hippodrome Birmingham!

    When the audience react with great gusto!! You know you have a winner......Wonderful fun!.....You won't want to miss this PANTO ....everybody could do with a good laugh at this time of the year so make sure you book your tickets!

    If you can make it - DONT MISS THIS full-of-fun ....full of laughs production

  • Showtime! John Philpott

    This is a town with any number of assets, those glorious and incredibly ancient hills being the most obvious example.

    In fact, a certain Worcestershire composer by the name of Edward Elgar was so smitten that they provided the inspirational source for much of his ageless music. But then, of course, you knew that.

    Well, I’m going to wax lyrical for just a moment, if you don’t mind, and talk about that other great asset to the town. And that’s… Mark James.

    Yes indeed. This madcap master of mayhem is back again for the Christmas season with his own brand of humour that never fails to tickle the ribs, chafe at the chuckle muscles, and generally goad the guffaws.

    Sorry about that, the last one was awful – this is quite enough, the alliterations seem to have run out of steam.

    But that’s not the case with mad Mark. By my reckoning, this must be his fourth or fifth outing to Malvern, and that’s by popular demand.

    A sort of cross between George Formby and Jimmy Clitheroe, Mark carries on that great tradition of the northern comic, a style which is also very welcome here in the Midlands as this Sunday afternoon Worcestershire audience proved beyond any shadow of doubt.

    However, there’s a lot of competition here when it comes to stealing the show, the plain fact being that all these players are absolute stars.

    Fairy Bon Bon (Melanie Walters) starts the proceedings, explaining how a formerly handsome young dude is transformed into something that seems to have been the amalgam of a water buffalo and a heavy metal rock vocalist.

    I don’t know which is the uglier – probably the latter. This is an experiment that has gone badly wrong, make no mistake.

    Still, looks aren’t everything, as John Merrick the elephant man once didn’t say, and the delectable Belle (Olivia Birchenough) appears to see beyond the matted facial hair and horns to view the man that lies beneath the hideous creature’s horny hide.

    The Beast is a fantastic concoction as you will see, brought to miserable life with a mixture of touching pathos and sheer ugliness by Shaun Dalton, grotesque in every way, yet seemingly incapable of deterring bashful Belle. Yup, love sure is blind.

    There’s no real villain as such, unless you count Phil Atkinson’s Hugo Pompidou as falling into that category. Hugo is the local village lothario, a stud spider who tries to creepy-crawl his way into Belle’s affections, but to no avail. In this case, she sees through the fraud that lies beneath the rippling pecs.

    Some advice for you, Hugo. Too much pelvic thrusting, mate. Better believe me, it never works… tried it, got the tee-shirt, old mate. Leave it alone, mate.

    Still, Phil gets plenty of boos and hisses, so is plainly getting it right somewhere down the line.

    Then there’s Belle’s dad Clement (David Alcock), a doddery old git who’s daft enough to trespass on the Beast’s bailiwick and promptly finds himself thrown in the darkest of dungeons. I ask you!

    Finally, to the Le Plonks. Beauty and the Beast produced as a panto was originally based on an 18th century French story, which conveniently provides an endless supply of corny metaphors, fake accents and a little bit of poking fun at our friends across the Channel.

    Hey! Nothing wrong with that folks, especially as they played a dirty footie match against us the night before to win by just one goal. There – I’ve said it.

    Anyway, to the Le Plonks. Mark James as Louis is an absolute hoot from start to finish, but I’ll tell you what, Leon Craig as Polly Le Plonk is up there with some of the best panto dames it’s been my duty to observe down the years. And I’ve seen a few.

    Those costumes! It just goes to show that cross-dressing is as old as the hills. The Malvern Hills, in fact. Boom-boom.

    Supported by some spectacular dancing, choreographed by Cameron Macdonald, Tom Self’s flawless musical direction, and the whole lot pulled together by director Lexie Ward, this version of Beauty and the Beast is a must-see show that sparkles and gleams with a dazzling brightness.

    And that’s just what we need, isn’t it? A Christmas cracker of a show bringing light to what - on the face of it - is so far proving to be a particularly bleak midwinter.

  • Diane

    There was far too much old fashioned and inappropriate comments which the majority of children failed to understand and weren’t funny for adults either. The fact that a large number of children talked throughout the performance shows how it failed to engage a family audience ready to have a bit of fun. Very disappointing all round.

  • Entertainment Views Blog - Helen McWilliams

    Every year Malvern has the best pantomime in my humble opinion – oh yes it does. This year’s production of Beauty and the Beast is no exception. After the strange times we’ve lived through and indeed continue to live through, it’s just the tonic needed to put a smile on your face.

    Glittering and magical even before curtain up, we were taken aback at the lively, vibrant pace and vibe of the overall show. The mixture of musical numbers couldn’t be more spot on, there’s a great combination of modern songs and more traditional favourites that lend themselves brilliantly to panto. The story follows the tale as old as time that we all know and love. The jokes, double entendres, innuendos and banter flows brilliantly and the audience interaction is everything you would expect it to be.

    Milkshake presenter, Olivia Birchenough makes a beautiful Belle. Her smile is infectious and she looks like she’s having a ball up there. Birchenough’s chemistry with Shaun Dalton as the Beast is palpable and makes the couple a believable fairytale pairing. Dalton’s singing voice gave me goose bumps, it’s phenomenal. Mark James is a Malvern pantomime regular and I’m delighted my mate is back again, he’s a comedy genius and we are lucky that he returns years after year. This time he’s playing Louis La Plonk opposite his ‘mother’ Polly La Plonk, brought to life by Leon Craig. I’ve not seen Craig’s Dame before, it’s off the scale, what a talent and the costumes are simply awe-inspiring. Phil Atkinson entertains as Hugo Pompidou, he’s the villain of the piece, the ‘Gaston’ role and provides many comedy moments. David Alcock plays Belle’s father, Clement and he’s a loveable character, wonderfully engaging. Then we come to Fairy Bon Bon who’s played by Melanie Walters. Walters is probably best known as ‘omelette chef’ Gwen from Gavin and Stacey, my son knows her from kids TV programme Biff and Chip. We think she’s terrific in our respective favourite programmes, however on stage she takes it to another level entirely. She’s a class act, I was fortunate enough to see her in What’s New Pussycat at Birmingham Rep last year where I thought she shone and as the pantomime Fairy – she has to be my best-loved ever. Her song in act two is one of my personal highlights, I won’t give anything away, go and see for yourselves! Oh yes you must.

    The entire cast are a slick dream team, Cameron Macdonald’s choreography is eye catching, Tom Self is a remarkable MD and Lexie Ward’s direction should be commended. I guarantee you’ll belly laugh, sing and tap along and you won’t be able to stop smiling. Book your tickets now before Beauty and the Beast ends on 1 January 2023

  • Plutonium Sox

    Are you looking for a family friendly pantomime with plenty of laughs, lots of recognisable songs and some acting stars? Oh yes you are! Malvern Theatres Beauty and the Beast Pantomime for the 2022/23 season promises to deliver. Mark James is back to star as Louis La Plonk, with Melanie Walters (Gwen from Gavin and Stacey) as Fairy Bon Bon. This upbeat production manages to retain the story’s subtle dark side without becoming scary.

    A fun twist on the 250 year-old tale of Beauty and the Beast, the story starts with an enchantress who turns a handsome man into a beast. He lives alone for many years with no chance to break the spell, until Belle’s father Clement (David Alcock) wanders by with a painting.

    Belle sets out to rescue her father and makes a bargain with the beast that she will stay if Clement is free to leave. In the Malvern Theatres version of the story, Belle has a fairy godmother, Fairy Bon Bon, who narrates the tale in rhyme at intervals for the audience. Mark James plays his usual role of a hilarious character with plenty of laughs. This year, he is Louis La Plonk. Leon Craig plays the Pantomime Dame, Polly La Plonk.

    Old favourite scenes including the “it’s behind you” ghost skit make an appearance. Mark James’s latest take on “where’s me mates” and his annual, comfortingly familiar song are on hand to make the audience giggle too.

    As Belle and the Beast grow to love one another, arrogant Hugo Pompidou becomes increasingly frustrated. When Belle returns from the beast’s home, Hugo proposes to her yet again and on being rejected, he sets out to fight the beast.

    At the end of Peter Pan Pantomime at Malvern Theatres last year, my eldest daughter was gutted when Mark James didn’t say he’d be back in 2022. Fortunately, this must have been an oversight because he was back with bells on. He’ll be making an appearance for Cinderella in 2023-2024 too!

    Melanie Walters was a particularly pleasant addition to this year’s cast, her song about an omelette was a lovely nod to Gavin and Stacey. My husband and I were both a little disappointed that there weren’t more Gavin and Stacey references and jokes. Another famous face was David Alcock as Clement, he has recently been on TV screens as Field Marshal Jan Smuts in SAS Rogue Heroes on the BBC.

  • Behind the Arras

    The pantomime season has opened in Malvern with a grand and hilarious production of Beauty and the Beast! UK Productions have brought this majestic show to life with huge energy and humour.

    The simple romantic story, of Belle falling in love with the creature whose exterior is so rough and ugly, illustrates the moral that you should ‘never judge a book by its cover’; that inner beauty is more important than outer; that true love can turn even the ugly and angry into the kind and caring.

    The story is set in France, which gives occasion to plenty of French jokes and allusions. The story is set in the village of Camembert, even the director of music is wearing a beret and has a string of onions around his neck.

    The set for this production is majestic and impressive: the scenery and the painted screens fly in and out, the archways rotate and change, the lighting illuminates it all very well and special effects abound.

    The music (Tom Self) and the songs are full of life and energy, though the words were not always discernible. The voices were strong and the adaptation of a song from Les Misérables was powerful, melodious and very witty.

    Mark James (Louis la Plonk) is a darling of the Malvern Theatre and creates a wonderful rapport with the audience from the very start of the show. This element gets them going immediately the curtain goes up and ensures their best possible engagement throughout the evening.

    Leon Craig (Polly la Plonk, the pantomime dame) develops a hilarious partnership with Mark with his/her multiple, colourful and extravagant costumes. Their interplay is excellent and very amusing.

    The villain of the piece, Hugo Pompidou, played by Phil Atkinson, is a very handsome, randy and likeable baddie! Melanie Walters is a slightly cheeky but charming Fairy Bon Bon, who ensures good overcomes evil and they all live happily ever after. David Alcock makes the most of the role of Belle’s father Clément.

    The Beast, Shaun Dalton, has a powerful voice and strong presence; he evolves from monster to gallant prince effectively. Olivia Birchenough is a delightful Belle who manages to balance the La Plonk duo well in the ghostly scene.

    The choreography (Cameron Macdonald) in this production is excellent. All the cast join in the dances at times, the villagers add atmosphere, the children from Cecilia Hall Dance Centre are perfectly charming and delightful. All are wonderfully costumed by Abigail Warne and her team who bring huge colour, variety and coordination to this extravagant evening and its wonderful visual finale.

    This is classic pantomime with all the essential ingredients of audience participation, visual richness, plenty of puns and verbal humour, a slice of adult innuendo, and a great sense of chemistry in the team who are having a lot of fun with the show. With two shows most days until January, families have plenty of opportunities to see this great evening of light-hearted fun.

  • What's On - Zoe Chamberlain

    My family has been going to the Malvern Theatre's panto since 2014 - oh yes, we have! For us, it is a traditional treat that's very much part of our annual festivities, a bit like putting on a much-loved, well-worn cosy Christmas jumper.

    And it's clear we're not alone in this. As soon as funnyman Mark James came on the stage, some children in the audience started shouting his catchphrases to him before he even got a chance to say them.

    That's the joy of Christmas, the custom of knowing that some things never change. At Malvern's panto, you know there will be a ghost, plenty of boos, belly laughs and 'he's behind yous'. We love the grandma jokes too.

    It's a formula that works and the audience loves the familiarity of it. As always, the funniest bits are those that aren't planned - like the moment where the backdrop came down before James had got through, meaning he had to call from behind to have it lifted then rolled out from underneath, quipping 'it's not too late to hand in your notice!'

    Pantomimes thrive on disasters and things going wrong. However, there was a heart-in-the-mouth moment when, during the much-anticipated 'beast transformation scene' the stage went black and the curtain dropped. The beast had been spinning around as he 'changed into a man' but there was a malfunction and the auditorium lights came up for a few minutes. But, in true panto fashion, the show went on and the laughter soon returned.

    This is Mark James' fifth year at Malvern, and this time he plays Louis La Plonk, the son of panto dame Polly La Plonk (Leon Craig). These two really bounced off each other and had the audience in stitches as they baked enormous baguettes and tried their best to look after the mighty Beast.

    One scene was particularly funny when Louis managed to get himself locked up in the dungeon in place of Belle's father. The whole show is packed with slapstick humour, colourful costumes and a dizzying number of splendid set changes.

    As seasoned Malvern Theatre panto-goers, my kids told me they didn't think this was the best one they'd been to. Perhaps that was the story more than anything else though. Pantos need an evil villain and ladies' man Hugo Pompidou, whilst fittingly arrogant, just wasn't an evil character.

    The actor Phil Atkinson was very funny but he had to call for the audience to boo him. Not the same as John Chaliss telling everyone to 'shut it' in previous years. I would have liked the mics to have been turned up a little as I couldn't always hear what the characters were saying, particularly when they were singing.

    That said, we had a blast and left feeling very festive indeed. We also really liked the timing of the show.

  • Suzanne

    Christmas is not Christmas without the highly colourful, hugely characterful, ridiculously silly, incredibly loud, over the top traditional pantomime. Malvern Theatre’s panto made us wish it could be Christmas every day – a real feast for the eyes and ears, and a much-needed dollop of fun, frivolous escapism after a tough couple of years here in the ‘real world’.

    There was so much to love! The larger-than-life traditional panto characters did not disappoint. Set in the French village of Camembert leading to many cheesy French jokes throughout the production, we had a great setting for the traditional fairy tale.

    The actors were all captivating with plenty of reasons given to cheer, boo and hiss: Fairy Bon Bon (Melanie Walters from Gavin and Stacy) was magical and delightful; Olivia Birchenough made the loveliest Belle, and as the mother of a daughter, I loved the sassiness the character showed, providing a strong messaging of being unimpressed by the approaches of the handsome but yet unsuitable, unsavoury, egotistical man Hugh Pompidou played by the simply hilarious Phil Atkinson. Belle’s scenes with her father Clement (David Alcock) were touchingly played, adding some beautifully tender storytelling amongst the relentless humour. Each of Polly La Plonk’s (Leon Craig) costumes were an elaborately ornate explosion of colour and exquisite bad taste – fantastically amplified by her larger-than-life character. The jokes and innuendos were blissfully just on the right side of unsubtle making Polly a pantomime dame of the greatest magnificence. Polly’s scenes with Louis La Plonk, played by the returning funny man and Malvern favourite Mark James, were a masterclass in quips and true comic timing. It wasn’t so much a laugh a minute, more like a laugh every few seconds. The physical theatre aspects between the two characters were genius in their conception, development and execution keeping all in the audience giggling and guffawing helplessly. The Beast (Shaun Dalton) was magnificent. Such a surprisingly powerful presence on stage which contrasted effectively with the comedy, there was true strength, feeling and passion in his performance. His singing voice was beautiful, rousing, strong and also tender, with real touching emotion.

    The main cast was well supported by the ensembles, the villagers and the adorable children from Cecilia Hall Dance Centre. All their scene appearances were expertly put together and perfectly delivered. The whole cast’s singing was powerful with harmonies and counterpoint performed with security - I especially loved ‘One Act More’ (sung to the Les Miserable’s melody ‘One Day More’) with all the melodies weaving in and out of each other. Similarly, the cast’s movement and dance routines were well accomplished. I enjoyed the adaptations made to recent, and older, chart songs.

    The whole production was marvellously entertaining from start to finish. Never a singular dull moment, it held the audience’s attention with action, jokes, stunning special effects and back and forth participation throughout. It was such a treat to experience, and I’m hoping to return to future pantos for many years to come.

    Well done to the whole production team, such a triumph!

  • Monica

    As a Family we love a traditional visit to the Pantomime after Christmas.
    This year my Son and Family were visiting from France ( how appropriate!), including grandson Felix aged 3 1/2.

    A fast moving story, which included some wonderful costumes, music, pyrotecnics were aided by some lovely singing, audience participation and double entendre.
    Long , but packed with Seasonal Jollity and much enjoyed by all the Family.!!!

  • Denise

    Beauty and the Beast was a brilliant performance by the whole cast. The timing was slick, the singing was excellent and the costumes were amazing. The whole production was tip top. We were three generations, two children, their parents and four grandparents and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you.


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