Take a trad panto format, a dynamic creative team, seasoned performers, zippy musical numbers, glamorous costumes and sets, ancient puns (new to the youngsters, of course), some new variations on well-tried routines and you have this gorgeous show, full of delights including a practical magic carpet. Pantoland flourishes in a show ideal for kids, mums and dads, and grannies, who will enjoy the double entendres.
The choreography makes imaginative use of the children and Michael Fenton-Stevens dazzles as the Dame with a team of young imitators knock, knock knocking on the door. He is teamed in the virtuoso Chinese laundry/takeaway scene with Matt Crosby who suffers serial soakings and charms us as Wishee Washee. Julie Buckfield is a bouncy Aladdin and Maxine Gregory her lovely Princess. As Abanazer, James Hirst is properly villainous. The camp genie of the lamp (Michael Morgan) and the cockney Slave of the Ring (Danielle Manfroi) make impact in small parts.No sweet-throwing – is it a victim of health and safety legislation?