3-5 April 2015
Reviewed by Dorothy White
A pantomime in April? Oh no there isn’t!
Oh yes there is if you go to Dunstable’s Grove Theatre this Easter!
I think everyone loves a pantomime and this one certainly didn’t disappoint!
My granddaughter aged 12 and her friend certainly enjoyed it. They were part of Silly Billy Bones’s gang right from the start of the show, they shouted and clapped their way through the performance, they were thoroughly enthralled!
This panto is loosely based on Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. The hero, Captain Smollett played by Sid Sloane (from CBeebies), has to do battle with evil pirates to find the treasure, helped by Lucy Reed as Jemima, or Jem for short.
Edele Lynch as Captain Grace O’Malley is one of the evil pirates, she has a wonderful voice but then she is an Irish singer-songwriter from the pop group B*Witched. Jamie Wilson, the second evil pirate came complete with his talking parrot!
Mrs Smollett played by Robert Pearce was a truly believable dame complete with high heels! Silly Billy Bones played by Ant Payne laughed his way throughout the show with lots of panto style jokes. There was lots of laughter tonight both on and off the stage!
Jasette Amos as Muriel the Magical Mermaid and Maggie the Mad Mermaid was fabulous, I loved her exits and entrances.
The ensemble added to the enjoyment with their dancing and singing as did the young dancers who joined them at times.
The scenery was simple but effective. The backdrop which showed a film to move the scenes along was very realistic, I really felt as if I was on the high seas.
The costumes were all fabulous, especially Muriel the Magical Mermaid’s dress.
It was truly a fantastic evening thoroughly enjoyed by myself, my daughter, granddaughter and her friend. This panto is an adventure for the whole family to enjoy.
I can thoroughly recommend this pantomime, but be quick though it is only on until Sunday 5th April at Grove Theatre in Dunstable which is easy to find and has plenty of parking.
Tickets cost £18 or £65 for a family ticket (2 adults and 3 children), a booking fee of £1.50 may apply.
The Pirates of Treasure Island is at the Grove Theatre in Dunstable until 5 April 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 01582 602080.
Grove Theatre, Grove Park, Court Drive, Dunstable, LU5 4GP | 01582 602080