22 November 2013 – 12 January 2014
Reviewed by Rachel Hardy
Where to begin? I was really looking forward to seeing Sleeping Beauty at the Harrogate Theatre as pantomimes are a great Christmas tradition and, though I hate to admit it, I haven’t been to the panto since I was a teenager. Harrogate Theatre is centrally located within the pedestrianised shopping centre of Harrogate. We had a very warm welcome on arrival and were encouraged to have a seat in the circle bar and enjoy a drink before the show started. We easily found our seats with the assistance of the extremely helpful staff and waited for the show to begin.
From start to finish the show was fabulous! The cast were slick and professional, the sets lovely and the costumes, particularly Dame Nanny Annie’s, were brilliant. But the combination of musical numbers and hilarious, or not so hilarious, jokes made the evening and I don’t think I’ll ever think of Mary Berry in quite the same way! My face was literally aching by the time we left the theatre. Due to the timing of the show I came with my mum as my children are too young for an evening performance but even she (who is not the biggest fan of audience participation) was booing at the wicked Caraboss and singing along with Silly Sidney’s frog song with great gusto, in fact I didn’t see anyone not thoroughly enjoying themselves.
I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone who has yet to see the show but I felt the script was a brilliant balance of child friendly humour and grown up “in jokes” about the local area – there was literally something for everyone. I can whole-heartedly recommend this production; we had a brilliant evening and if I could give it 6/5 I would.
Tickets cost from £16.50 to £87 (plus £1.75 transaction fee).
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