Grace Donohue played the role of Princess Rosalind with lots of grace (if you pardon the pun) and confidence as Donohue interacted very well with other characters and has a stunning & heart-warming voice, perfect in duets between her character and Colin.
Jonny Molyneux playing the role of Queen Fanny Elizabeth the 5th was a faultless casting choice for a Dame. Molyneux is a pantomime veteran with many pantomime credits in his past and each year his performance gets stronger and stronger!
The was that Molyneux interacts with the audience and goes off script to match audiences reactions or atmosphere is just incredible and his performance just makes me want to say 'yasss Queen'.
His little sidekick; Muddles was played excellently by Alfie Cook who was great with very precise comic timing and over-the-top acting. I loved Cook's performance.
The idiotic duo was remarkably funny! Lois Dibden played the role of George really well with lots of confidence and magnificent however it was Erin Carty playing the role of Ezra who stole each scene with the punchlines, phenomenal comic-timing and hilarious facial expressions throughout! Both Dibden and Carty worked extremely well together and the end effect was really funny to watch.
Even though his role was just a little supporting role, it was James Burke who stole the whole show for me playing the role of the camp Court Chamberlain. I was literally in tears everytime Burke came on-stage in his ridiculous costume and started speaking in a very bad (which made it even funnier), camp spanish accent. It is a very simple and minor role that Burke managed to turn into the hit of the show as it was really loved by the audience members who were also laughing their heads off. The amount of effort and imaginative thinking that must've gone into this role is unbelievable and Burke really created a masterpiece!
Rest of the cast did an absolutely amazing job as they were all full of energy, talent and lots of pantomime cheesiness no matter if they were a minor part or an ensemble member! A huge well done to the whole cast tonight on such an awesome show.
Tonight's venue was a small & cosy theatre where North West Theatre Company is based. I thought that the venue created a wonderful atmosphere for tonight's performance was the audience and the cast were really close which made it an immersive experience as you really did feel involved in the story.
The set designed and built by Mark Beaumont was small but very clever as each location was very clearly presented and the show felt full of colourful scenery or backdrops, and the set really worked well with the lovely bright costumes by Claire Howarth and Trish Pemberton.
The script by Mark Beaumont, Prab Singh and Jonny Molyneux was marvellous making sure there is something nice for the little ones and something cheeky for the grown-ups keeping the whole audience entertained throughout. The song choices were great and featured different genres, and the choreography by Katie Gough was quite catchy, energetic and imaginative!
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Overall, if you're looking for a traditional pantomime to keep your whole family entertained then this is the one for you... Oh yes it is!