Writers Iain Lauchlan and Will Brenton deliver a fresh script with local references and plenty of clean jokes.
Dave Myers milks his Hairy Biker persona with food-related lines and a comic entrance on his scooter as Baron Hardup in his pantomime debut.
As Buttons, Britain’s Got Talent finalist Jon Clegg holds his own as a pivotal character. We get the impersonations we expect from him as well as a perfectly delivered rendition of the Proclaimers’ 500 Miles.
There is energy and excitement every time Ugly Sisters Paul Morse and Iain Ganderton take to the stage, and produce a great ad-lib session as they get tangled up during the custard pie routine.
The sets, designed by Imagine Theatre’s in-house team, are a mix of traditional painted backdrops and more state-of-the-art scenery, with a coach and horse that provides a magical moment when it flies across the stage.
Live music by a four-piece band fills the Hexagon impressively and the songs fit the plot perfectly.
This is Imagine Theatre’s fifth pantomime at the Hexagon – the company has been contracted for another three years and long may the collaboration continue.
- Hexagon, Reading
- December 6-January 4, PN December 7
- Authors: Iain Lauchlan, Will Brenton
- Director: Stephen Boden
- Design: Tom Liddle lighting
- Musical director: Barney Ashworth
- Choreographer: Adrian Edmeades
- Technical: Sonya Manasse stage manager, Dawn Outhwaite head of wardrobe, Chris Ball head of technical
- Cast includes: Dave Myers, Jon Clegg, Paul Morse, Ian Ganderton, Liza Goddard, Anna Williams, Jessie Lilley, Claire Trusson, Dan Westwood
- Producer: Imagine Theatre
- Running time: 2hrs 10mins