Dick Whittington review at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury – ‘boisterously entertaining’
They know how to put on a show at the Marlowe. The Canterbury pantomime remains boisterously entertaining in its fifth year, with Paul Hendy and his team striking a successful balance between much-loved tradition and pop culture fun.
Stephen Mulhern as Billy is part compere, part Butlins Redcoat, clearly enjoying himself. Hendy’s production is something of a sensory assault. The cast is tireless and their performances are underpinned by strong production values.
Ben Roddy as Dolly the Cook proves a real scene-thief. His magnificent dame draws the most laughs, alongside another Marlowe regular, Lloyd Hollett as Captain Crbastick. John Barr is in fine voice as King Rat, and one-time X Factor star Vladimir Georgievsky, though probably not cast for his dramatic delivery, provides a nice tumbling trampoline routine.
The mixture of slapstick and innuendo keeps everyone entertained and creates a riotous atmosphere. This does mean that, on occasion, some of the lines get lost, but other than that there are very few slip-ups and the quality of Helga Wood’s costumes and set design is genuinely impressive, particularly the stand-out 3D scene after the interval.
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