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.