With star-laden pantomime productions all over Yorkshire, the Victoria Theatre strikes gold with local singer/comedian Neil Hurst as Wishee Washee. Less of a name than many, Hurst is a loveable rogue and an all-rounder of some repute.
An equal pantomime gold find is Mark Lyminster as Widow Twankey. Dames must have presence and know when to get in the face of the audience and when to share the limelight with others. Aided by a cracking script, Lyminster shines brightly here. Another impressive cast member was Clive Llewellyn as the funkiest Genie in the whole of pantoland.
Almost stealing the show from established scene-stealers like Hurst, Llewellyn and Nick Barclay, as a hiss-provoking Abanazar, was Felecity The Dragon. A creation of the producers and quite a sight to behold for the tiny eyes out front in the capacity opening night audience, Felecity is a work of art.
Victoria Theatre, Halifax , December 10-January 2
- Iain Lauchlan, Will Brenton
- Rob Marsden
- Steve Boden, Imagine Theatre Ltd
- Cast includes
- Neil Hurst, Nick Barclay , Amy Gough, Mark Lyminster , Ann Micklethwaite, Ashley Andrew , Nikki Scofield, Clive Llewellyn, Peter Whitfield Ensemble and Junior Chorus.
- Running time
- 2hrs 20mins