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Sleeping Beauty

Published Thursday 6 January 2011 at 11:00 by Mary Redman

It’s January outside but good and bad fairy battles continue between Loraine Porter’s sweet Flora and Isobel Hurll’s mean Maleficent.

Then there’s Christopher Marlowe’s cuddly Nurse Nelly filmed for a combined Strictly-X Factor-Talent first entrance that can’t be beaten.

Rikki Stone’s Silly Billy, thanks to his years as an Ilford juvenile, is now a thoroughly polished audience pleaser. Dainty Hannah Chick is a lovely Aurora, working well with Jason Denton’s powerfully sung Prince.

Young professionals Jocelyn Prah, Tami Stone, John Burlington and Nathan Daniel combine effective acting support with strong dance skills. The boys especially so in the cod ballet and the Thriller sequence.

Director Vivyan Ellacott has now retired as general manager, he’s back in charge of his 36th KM pantomime, but it could also be his last. The show is jam-packed full of his trademark love of technological visual marvels, including stunning black light theatre and Dr Who sequences. It has energy, plus all the latest in-jokes and Glee numbers thanks to Nigel Ellacott’s script. Nigel is also responsible for the beautifully crafted costumes, including the eyepopping Nelly creations, plus bling galore, especially for the sleeping scene and the elegant walkdown.

Production information

Kenneth More, Ilford, December 16-January 22

Author:
Nigel Ellacott
Director:
Vivyan Ellacott
Producer:
Kenneth More Theatre
Cast includes:
Christopher Marlowe, Loraine Porter, Isobel Hurll, Rikki Stone, Hannah Chick, Jason Denton
Running time:
2hrs 25mins

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
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