Park Theatre, London
11 December 2013 – 19 January 2014
Reviewed by Dalilia Espindula Theodosiou
Last night, we went to a new theatre located in North London to watch a Christmas Pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, which is their first annual panto. As soon as we arrived at Park Theatre, we went through The Cafe Bar, serving teas, coffees, drinks and food. There is also an upstairs bar, where we collected our tickets from one of the tills.
Park Theatre is a relatively small compared to West End theatres. Sleeping Beauty was shown in Park 200, a room with a two hundred people capacity with a few rows in the stalls and circle seating area. We were pleased to see that seat location doesn’t make much difference to your view of the performance, you will be able to see the full action from wherever you are.
We sat in the second row and had a great view of the characters in Sleeping Beauty. It is a funny and enjoyable adaptation of the fairytale, in which a spell is casted on the gorgeous princess Annabel at her christening by a wicked witch. Annabel would fall asleep if she pricked her finger on a spindle, and only a kiss from a true love would wake her up again.
Not only it is a lovely story, the adaptation by artistic director Jez Bond and associate artist Mark Cameron makes it brilliant and entertaining for the whole family. The battle of good versus evil is given a modern twist, meaning that the audience didn’t stop laughing throughout the show. Hubby found Sleeping Beauty excellent, very cleverly made with some adult humour without offending kids, still a very child-friendly panto, great fun for everyone. Our four year old son really enjoyed the show, his favourite part was watching the nice fairy being kind and helping everyone.
I also had a great time at Sleeping Beauty, it is a very engaging and interactive show. I didn’t expect to have as much fun and laughter, we were taught a new language and asked to stand up and join in with actions, fantastic pantomime, suitable for the whole family, highly recommended.
Tickets cost from £10 to £60.
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