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Sleeping Beauty

Published Tuesday 11 December 2007 at 11:05 by Mary Redman

This most romantic of pantomimes lets Sally Howard spread her designer wings. Butterfly wings gently flap in the breeze while cute, highly coloured talking fish emerge from a fountain and a fondant pink pram houses the baby. Sheer delight.

Making a strikingly intelligent panto debut, Oliver Pengelly’s excellent, apologetic Wiven Hoe stirs massed the primary schools to ear-splitting frenzy. Ignatius Anthony’s stupid Mack and Gerard McDermott’s idiotic Donald are a verbally dextrous duo, flaunting a gift for both alliteration and physical comedy.

Tim Treslove, now firmly established as the Dame, relishes the corny jokes. Abusing his audience while clad in a series of increasingly eye-watering frocks and head-dresses, he even ventures down into the audience, but only when armed with a giant water pistol.

Roger Delves-Broughton and Christine Absalom’s doting King and Queen are respectively tall and cuddly, while pretty princess Nicola Holmes gets the right man in the end.

Charlie Morgan’s down to earth Essex Good Fairy crosses spells with Siani Owen’s Carabosse, who is as swaggeringly, cacklingly nasty as you could wish.

Fine Time Fontayne has come up with yet another winner, in which Ceri James’s lighting and Marcus Christensen’s sound contributes enormously to great special effects.

Production information

Mercury, Colchester, December 6-January 12

Janice Dunn
Fine Time Fontayne
Mercury Theatre
Cast includes:
Charlie Morgan, Ignatius Anthony, Gerard McDermott, Siani Owen, Christine Absalom, Roger Delves-Broughton, Oliver Pengelly, Tim Treslove, Nicola Holmes
Running time:
2hrs 20mins

Production information displayed was believed correct at time of review. Information may change over the run of the show.

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Run sheet

King's Head, Islington London
January 24-February 15 2014