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Published Friday 14 December 2012 at 10:42 by Neil Bonner

The prodigal son has returned. For six consecutive years Jonathan Wilkes topped the panto bill in this, his hometown theatre - and how the Potteries audiences loved him. Last year, though, he was absent and was sorely missed. But now he’s back and triumphs once again in a fast-paced show laced with hilarious local references.

His stage presence is such that he has the audience on-side from the moment he steps into the spotlight. With an often rude script that relies heavily on bodily functions - to the particular delight of youngsters - he clearly has a whale of a time and makes sure his fans do too. Further comic delights are to be found courtesy of Jamie Tyler as a wonderfully wacky Dandini, while Christian Patterson and Kai Owen veer from smutty gags to sheer nastiness as the Ugly Sisters.

We also have a fairy godmother (Carrie-Ann Williams) who wows everyone with a truly wonderful rendition of Nessun Dorma. It might be out of character but with such a brilliant voice, who cares? The sets are fantastic, not least a magical carriage pulled by a flying horse to take Cinderella (Rebecca Lisewski) to the ball. All the elements gel, but essentially this is the Jonathan Wilkes Show.

Production information

Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, December 13-January 5

Eric Potts
Jonathan Wilkes, Christian Patterson
First Family Entertainment
Jonathan Wilkes, Rebecca Lisewski, Christian Patterson, Kai Owen, Jonathan Bremner, Ian Redford, Carrie-Ann Williams, Jamie Tyler
Running time:
2hrs 30mins

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Run sheet

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