by Kenneth Alan Taylor.
Nottingham Playhouse Qwllington Circus NG1 5AF To 22 January 2011.
Mon–Sat 7.30pm Mat 2.30pm except 3, 10, 17 December, 1, 4, 11, 14, 21 January no performance 2, 3, 10 January.
Sunday 9 Jan 3.30pm.
Audio-described 11 Dec 2.30pm, 15Dec 2.30pm & 7.30pm, 17 Dec 7.30pm, 12 Jan 2.30pm, 13 Jan 7.30pm.
BSL Signed 13 Dec(2.30pm, 14 Dec 7.30pm, 16 Dec 7.30pm.
Captioned 6 Jan 2.30pm, 11 Jan 7.30pm.
Runs 2hr 45min. Two intervals
TICKETS: 0115 941 9419.
Review: Jen Mitchell 27 November.
Glitter, glitz and glamour once again with Christmas at the Playhouse.
Many Playhouse regulars have returned for another Panto season. John Elkington is a fabulously over the top Mother Goose in the true spirit of pantomime dames. This Mother Goose is not the easiest of dames, given her brief dalliance with the dark side, but Elkington pulls it off beautifully, taking the audience with him all the way.
Other regulars include Rebecca Little, who has returned to her fairy role again this year. Sparkly and sweet, she is everything a good fairy should be. Anthony Hoggard is frankly hysterical as Squire Squelch. With spot-on comic timing and a range of facial expressions that have to be seen to be believed, he is a perfect foil to his partner in crime, the hapless Evil Eric (Jonathan Race).
Alexandra James also returns for a second year to the Playhouse as the rather splendid Wicked Witch Bane; the real baddie of the piece – dastardly and somewhat petulant to boot. Danielle Corlass has also become a familiar face to panto audiences here, and this year she is as delightful as ever as Rosemary.
The audience loves to welcome familiar faces back at Christmas time and is equally welcoming to new ones. A little of the old banter and repartee with the audience seemed to be lacking this year – that could be as much down to the audience as anything else. It still didn’t dampen our enjoyment and enthusiasm as we sang along to ‘Bobbing up and down like this’ and ‘500 miles’.
Tim Meacock has once again come up with a riot of colour and dazzle in his set. John Morton, or Uncle Johnny as he is known, continues his reign as Musical Director and Adele Parry choreographs the splendid dance routines.
The young dancers, who every year devote much time and effort to the pantomime, are worthy of special note. Their super dance routines are polished and professional.
Priscilla the Goose: Nicole Webb.
Billy Goose: Adam Barlow.
Mother Goose: John Elkington.
Colin Goose: Miriam Elwell-Sutton.
Rosemary: Danielle Corlass.
Squire Squelch: Anthony Hoggard.
Evil Eric: Jonathan Race.
The Golden Fairy: Rebecca Little.
Wicked Witch Bane: Alexandra James.
Red Team: Shauna Kimberley, Sade Hardwick, Lauren Skinner, Perri Burton, Shanade Williams, Georgia Sharpe, Lara Sas, Cora Vanaman.
Blue Team: Amy Maclachlan, Beatrice Findley, Gabrielle Tempest, Phoebe Rimmer, Isobel Teer, Megan Singleton, Leah Barker, Lucy Bevan.
Reserves: Jordan Evers, Anna Heery, Kristen Barrett.
Director: Kenneth Alan Taylor.
Designer: Tim Meacock.
Lighting: Jason Taylor.
Sound: Ciaron McKenna.
Musical Director: John Morton.
Choreographer: Adele Parry.
Dance Captain: Rebecca Little.