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Sleeping Beauty

Published Wednesday 12 December 2012 at 11:04 by Sheila Tracy

The Connaught has a considerable reputation for excellent pantomimes but this year’s production falls way short of its previous standard. The script is poor, including references not altogether suitable for a young audience.

Nikki Kelly, an experienced pantomime performer, gives an impressive performance as the wicked witch Carabosse. One can hear her every word which is not the case with Helen Peters as the Lilac Fairy whose high pitched voice ensures most of what she says and sings is indiscernable.

Bobby Crush as Nurse Katy Cough-Drop makes an excellent Dame but one is longing for him to tinkle the ivories which he does only once, and even then is almost drowned out by the band’s drummer. Tony Rudd, as Muddles, finds favour with the young audience but the scene he shares with Peter Jamieson as the King, both dressed as painters and decorators as they attempt to hang wallpaper, has the audience totally bemused and raises few laughs.

Jon Moses, one of the finalists in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Search for a Superstar, plays the Prince with Sophie Bloom as the Princess, both good singers and praise too for the excellent choreography and scenery.

Production information

Connaught Theatre, Worthing, December 7-January 5

Ian Billings
David Samuel
Paul Holman Associates
Cast includes:
Nikki Kelly, Bobby Crush, Jon Moses, Sophie Bloom, Helen Peters, Tony Rudd, Peter Jamieson
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