by Kenneth Alan Taylor.
Nottingham Playhouse Wellington Circus NG1 5AF To Saturday 17th January 2015.
Mon-Sat 7.30pm Mat 2.30pm except 5, 6, 9, 12, 16 January 1.30 on 18 December
no performance 5, 12 Jan.
Audio-described 10 Dec 2.30pm, 12 Dec 7.30pm, 13 Dec 2.30pm, 17 Dec 7.30pm, 14th Jan 2.30pm, 15 Jan 7.30pm
BSL Signed 8 Dec 2.30pm, 9 Dec 7.30pm, 11 Dec 7.30pm.
Captioned 7th Jan 2.30pm, 8 Jan 7.30pm.
Relaxed performance 13 December 1.30pm.
Runs 2hr 50min One interval
TICKETS: 0115 941 9419.
Review: Jen Mitchell 29 November.
Glitter, glitz and glamour: writer and director Kenneth Alan Taylor has another winner on his hands.
Avoiding soap stars and television celebrities, the Playhouse relies on a core team of familiar cast members, many of whom have built up a relationship with regular audience members over a number of years. This year is no different, with many of these regulars returning for another Panto season.
John Elkington is very familiar in the role of the Dame and he carries it off brilliantly – the banter with cast members and the audience is always a bonus. Rebecca Little, who this year takes the role of Queen Gertrude, is another regular – smashing vocals and super dancing are her trademark every year, regardless of the role. She also provides a great foil for the hysterical Anthony Hoggard as King Hubert. A raise of an eyebrow and a kick of a heel, combined with spot-on comic timing, are all it takes to have the audience in hysterics.
Talented regulars Francesca Ellis and Hannah Whittingham make a wonderfully sparkly Fairy Wisheart and a magnificently wicked Maleficent and Kelly Edwards returns to the Playhouse as the charming Princess Rosalind. Tim Frater is back this year treating us to a full-on, energetic performance as Jerry the Jester
Tim Meacock’s dazzling set is as sumptuous and festive as ever. John Morton, or Uncle Johnny, continues his reign as Musical Director and Adele Parry choreographs the splendid dance routines.
The young dancers, who every year devote so much time and effort to our pantomimes, are worthy of special note – their routines are always polished and professional.
In what is a new and inspired move, the Playhouse has introduced a Relaxed Performance particularly sensitive to the needs of children with learning disabilities and their families. This pantomime has something for everybody.
Jerry the Jester: Tim Frater.
King Hubert: Anthony Hoggard.
Queen Gertrude: Rebecca Little.
Nurse Tilly Trott: John Elkington.
Fairy Wisheart: Francesca Ellis.
Maleficent: Hannah Whittingham.
Princess Rosalind: Kelly Edwards.
Prince Alexander: Jonny Fines.
Red Team: Jessica Melbourne, Jessica Reilly, Charlotte Burrows, Lucy Phillips, Hanna Bricklebank, Malaika Singh, Holly Whitehall, Elyse Davison.
Reserves: Anya Blyth, Georgia Hunt.
Blue team: Ellie Hudswell, Jade Tolley, Millie Wilson, Francesca Green, Olivia Neville, Eliana Mastrangela, Elise Paterson, Anais Tobin-Storer.
Reserve: Emma Brown.
Director: Kenneth Alan Taylor.
Designer: Tim Meacock.
Lighting: Jason Taylor.
Sound: Adam P McCready.
Musical Director: John Morton.
Choreographer: Adele Parry.
Dance Captain: Rebecca Little.