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Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds
The medieval kingdom of Burytonia is the setting for the beautiful Princess Aurora’s castle where she is wooed by the handsome Prince Florin from far-flung Stowmarket.
There is audience participation aplenty in this fine production – one particular highlight being the prop-filled Twelve Days of Christmas which descends into slapstick and sees magnificent, smelly Grub the kitchen boy (Oliver Mawdsley) go hunting in the Pit. There are many opportunities to boo and hiss and two children were selected to go on stage and join in the movements to a song.
Traditional party pieces are mixed with more modern, romantic numbers with the audience getting involved in the actions to the Time Warp early on. The clever Suffolk Song mentions most villages ending in -ham and was a lively, interesting inclusion.
Dame Nanny Fanny (Chris Clarkson) makes a dramatic entrance, cracks corny cracker-type jokes and carries off some fast-paced diction with skill. The humour in this pantomime will appeal to all ages, with Prince Florin saying it’s not just his horse which needs bedding for instance. Fairy Fortune (Elin Llwyd)’s ethereal poems are enhanced by her beautiful, professional singing voice. The local Young Chorus delight with their dancing in various guises of animals.
Discover for yourselves whether true love will win the day and transform the evil sister Carabosse (Britt Lenting).
Children will enjoy the word search and colouring in the programme which also mentions the origins of Sleeping Beauty.
A fabulous, feel-good traditional pantomime performed with great energy and enthusiasm.
There is limited availability on most performances.
The show runs until until 13th January. To book or for more information, contact www.theatreroyal.org.