Panto Review: Sleeping Beauty - Richmond Theatre ✭✭✭

Sleeping Beauty

Richmond Theatre

Review by Philippa Stubbs

8th December 2016: Panto season has come around all too quickly this year and our first one of the season was brought to Richmond Theatre by First Family Entertainment.

Sleeping Beauty is probably one of the more commonly performed pantomimes and this one had the traditional story along with a sprinkling of dad jokes, slapstick and some of this year’s viral internet crazes. Apple pen anyone?

Mat Rixon played a fantastic Nursie with just the right amount of  ‘tongue in cheek’ humour and sass. He looked so comfortable up on the stage and is clearly one of the best dames in the country.

Chris Jarvis returns to Richmond, this time as the loveable Chester the Jester who was certainly a hit with the youngsters, and TV legend Maureen Lipman makes an appearance as the evil fairy Carabosse, complete with dragon and gothic glitz.

The well-known stars are joined by Lauren Hood who plays a sweet and naïve beauty and Dan Partridge as the typical thigh-slapping heart-throb of a prince. Both roles complement each other and create the magic and cheese of a classic fairy-tale couple, particularly during their slushy pop duets.

As with previous pantomimes we have seen here the choreography and ensemble were strong both in dance and characterisation. The children were particularly great this year and there are some stars in the making. They had obviously worked extremely hard and were enjoying every minute.

Despite all the good moments, something was missing this year and there were parts that seemed a bit lacklustre. The six year old we borrowed thought it was “good” though, and it certainly won’t send you to sleep for a hundred years.

Photos by Craig Sugden 

3 Stars ✭✭✭

Sleeping Beauty is on until 8th January 2017