The legendary Greenwich Theatre Panto is back with Sleeping Beauty and it just gets better and better with the bestest dame and baddest baddie, writes Chloé Coleman.
Of course, there is something for all ages in a traditional panto so my 6-year-old Nancy was wetting herself from the start to the finish, as was I. She loved all the characters, especially baddie Rasputin (Anthony Spargo), and she loved lobbing the love puddings at him at the end. It had adult humour throughout and the songs were hilarious – Chart songs with lyrics changed to add to the story’s narrative. Nancy even came home singing ‘Cos I’m a bad guy’, and I’m already tiring of the panto mantra: ‘You don’t touch the corn; you leave the corn alone!’ that she continues to shout at me.
Greenwich Theatre puts on a proper panto with 100% percent interaction with the audience. The banter was amazing when they sought someone to look after the black pudding, and everyone piped up hoping it was them getting picked. Us included.
Yes, the fart jokes ignited the kids of all ages, and the time shifts didn’t faze anyone. Even landing on the moon in the 60s with Austin Powers making an appearance did not confuse because there was so much fun to be had.
The flamboyant change of outfits from the Tsarina, Sleeping Beauty’s mum, were a joy to see, with her black pudding dress winning out. And the quick set changes kept everyone continually engaged.
Nancy was eager to get a love pudding when they came into the audience so she could throw them back at the end, but throughout the show she kept asking, ‘Can I chuck it now?’ I made sure my love pudding landed on Rasputin… We all love a bad boy!
Sleeping Beauty is a must see for Christmas.
Sleeping Beauty is on at Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill, Greenwich, London, SE10 8ES until Sunday 12th January 2020. Times: Varying – See Website for details. Admission: £15.50 – £30. Phone: 020 8858 7755.
Photos: Robert Day