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REVIEW: Pantomime Sleeping Beauty at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds




It’s panto time at the Theatre Royal - and this season’s Sleeping Beauty is a massive sugar-rush of entertainment for all ages.

The show serves up a sparkling festive treat, which fizzes with laughs, music and crowd-pleasing anarchy (caution - you may get wet).

A lynchpin of the Bury St Edmunds theatre’s programme and the venue’s biggest money spinner, this panto is a fabulous introduction to stage entertainment for young audiences.

Neil Stewart, Joey Warne, Oliver Mawdsley, Jasmine Hackett and Young Chorus. Picture: Tony Kelly. (5813023)
Neil Stewart, Joey Warne, Oliver Mawdsley, Jasmine Hackett and Young Chorus. Picture: Tony Kelly. (5813023)

The talented cast sing, dance and dazzle their way through high energy routines with plenty of raucous audience interaction.

With innovative takes on the staple panto ingredients, there is ample opportunity to boo and hiss at the delightfully wicked Carabosse (Britt Lenting) as well as scream ‘they’re behind you’ with gusto.

There’s nothing like a dame and Sleeping Beauty’s own Nanny Fanny (Chris Clarkson) is pure primary-coloured, bawdy joy.

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Britt Lenting as Carabosse and Jasmine Hackett as Princess Aurora. Picture: Tony Kelly. (5812963) Joseph Connor as Prince Florin and Young Chorus. Picture: Tony Kelly. (5813020) Young Chorus, Britt Lenting, Chris Clarkson and Jasmine Hackett. Picture: Tony Kelly. (5813026) Young Chorus. Picture: Tony Kelly. (5813031) Britt Lenting as Carabosse. Picture: Tony Kelly. (5812984) Chris Clarkson (Nanny Fanny) Joseph Connor (Prince Florin) and Oliver Mawdsley (Grub). Picture: Tony Kelly. (5812989) Chris Clarkson as Nanny Fanny and Oliver Mawdsley as Grub. Picture: Tony Kelly. (5813002) Chris Clarkson as Nanny Fanny, Joey Warne as Rupert and Young Chorus. Picture: Tony Kelly. (5813005) Chris Clarkson as Nanny Fanny. Picture: Tony Kelly. (5813008) Chris Clarkson as Nanny Fanny, Joey Warne as Rupert and Young Chorus. Picture: Tony Kelly. (5813011) Elin Llwyd as Fairy Fortune. Picture: Tony Kelly. (5813014) Jasmine Hackett as Princess Aurora and Neil Stewart as King Edmund. Picture: Tony Kelly. (5813017)

Often breaking the fourth wall with lines that will amuse the adults, Nanny Fanny is on the look out for a man and her roving eye is certain to land on one unsuspecting audience member.

Ably assisted in the hijinks by fellow ringmaster of chaos Grub (Oliver Mawdsley), they clatter through a series of crowd-pleasing set pieces and their take on 'The 12 Days of Christmas’ with King Edmund (Neil Stewart) is a highlight.

Sleeping Beauty, written by Chris Hannon, runs until Sunday, January 13.

Visit www.theatreroyal.org/shows/sleeping-beauty/



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