British Sign Language interpreter Becky Barry steals the show in Christmas at the Snow Globe, Shakespeare Globe’s seasonal offering created by Sandi and Jenifer Toksvig. Playing the Ghost of Hamlet’s Father – which has absolutely no relation to the plot – Barry brings far more than interpretation, combining signing with comedy and working as a key ensemble member.
Pantomime, Shakespeare and carol concert come together in this festive offering from the Scandi sisters. While it feels rushed (“we’ve had one rehearsal” claims Sandi), it makes up in spirit what it lacks in plot and polish.
Dressed in blue, Danish twins Sandi (Toksvig) and Saadi (Tony Jayawardena) have been separated by a shipwreck (there are Shakespeare references aplenty). Sandi wants to create a Christmas show and Saadi wants to perform Shakespearean classics. The rest of the cast work to bring them together for a happy family Christmas.
Author and theatremaker Stella Duffy plays Robin Goodfellow – the baddie who is yarn-bombed into Christmas cheer. Chris Jarman plays a rather large Danish toy soldier who falls in love with stage manager Jack (Louise Voce). Snowdrop the Fairy (Sophie Trott) pulls the whole haphazard thing together as the bringer of Christmas magic. While the more experienced theatre actors cope well with the space, it’s sometimes a struggle to hear Sandi Toksvig.
Fortunately the Fourth Choir, a London-based LGBT+ singing group, are on hand to bring the music, with singalong renditions of classics such as It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas and All I Want for Christmas Is You.