Sleeping Beauty at Richmond Theatre
My friend went to see Sleeping Beauty at Richmond Theatre with my nine year old Goddaughter and so below we have a review from both their perspectives:-
Thanks to my lovely friend, I was able to go and see Sleeping Beauty at Richmond Theatre last week. I have been going to Richmond Theatre with my children to watch their wonderful pantomimes for 15 years. It is always a treat and makes me feel gloriously festive however stressed I might be about the amount of presents I haven’t yet bought. From the moment you take your seat and the all singing, all dancing cast appear in their fabulous sparkly splendour you know you are in for a spectacular show.
Maureen Lipman is superb in her role as the evil fairy ‘Carabosse’ and Chris Jarvis makes his third appearance in a row at Richmond as the court jester, he is also the Director and makes an impressive job of both. I thought ‘Dan Partridge’ as the Prince and ‘Lauren Hood’ as Beauty made a sweet pair and both sang brilliantly throughout. However my favourite by far, was Matt Rixon as an excellent Nanny – his delivery and comic timing were outstanding and his frocks were a delight!
Overall it was yet another marvellously entertaining pantomime which did not fail to amuse both young and old. My nine year old daughter laughed and clapped throughout and as she describes in her own words below, thoroughly recommends everyone should go and see it this year:-
On Thursday 8th December, my Mummy and I went to Richmond Pantomime to watch Sleeping Beauty. I thoroughly enjoyed it! It was very funny including lots of local Richmond jokes! My favourite characters were Nanny (Matt Rixon) and Chester the Jester (Chris Jarvis) because they really made the panto come alive with jokes and very good acting.
Matt Rixon’s humour and acting was quite similar to David Walliams who I also admire because he is a great author, actor and comedian. One of my favourite scenes was when Nanny, Chester and The Prince sang a modern version of ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’. It was hilarious when they threw loo rolls and sprayed water at the audience! I also enjoyed the scene when Princess Beauty’s toys were put away in the cupboard but when the evil fairy Carabosse (played fantastically by Maureen Lipman) tried to prick Princess Beauty’s finger while she slept, they came alive to stop Carabosse.
It was also very amusing at the end of the panto when Carabosse lost her powers and came out looking like Theresa May! They also managed to include some classic panto ‘Boo!’ and ‘She’s behind you!’ phrases.
Although, I think they could have made the projection of the dragon scene onto the curtain a little bit more realistic! I loved the duet between the prince and princess of James Arthur’s ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’ song as it’s one of my family’s current favourite songs! Every year I look forward to Richmond Theatre’s Christmas panto and it’s always absolutely fantastic! I really suggest you go and see Sleeping Beauty while it’s still on!
It runs from 2nd December 2016 – 8th January 2017
Written by Esme Leigh