In recent years the Belgrade Theatre has been the place to see a traditional pantomime, this year's offering is no exception.
From the moment you take your seat your eyes are treated to a fiesta of lush colour and sparkle. The sets and costumes are a delight, especially Dame Clarabelle Crumbles’ creations ranging from a cupcake to a cocktail.
Writer, Director and Dame, Iain Lauchlan brings his experience and presence to the stage with great effect. The comic chemistry between him and Craig Hollingsworth (Willy Crumble) creates many laughs, especially the unscripted moments. Not all of the comedy is provided by the Crumbles however. Dork (Blake Scott) and Maurice (Andrew Gordon-Watkins) work together as hapless sidekick and master giving the audience cause to laugh and boo. There is a gentle sprinkling of adult humour throughout the show with Dame Clarabelle and some of Maurice’s slightly saucy posturing, however none of this is picked up by the children.
There are some lovely songs in the show sung beautifully by Beauty (Jessica Niles) and her Dad (Declan Wilson). Charlie Bowyer plays the Prince turned Beast with confidence, the gradual emotional transformation of the character is clear. At times it feels as though the love story and moral tale are put to one side for the comedy, but this is a pantomime, there for laughs, and on that score it certainly delivers.
This is a true family pantomime in every way, a glittering treat for everyone to enjoy.
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