BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Review
Beauty and the Beast – Newcastle Theatre Royal
Innuendo, Intrigue, comedy and men wearing dresses with teapots on their heads, no it’s not last weeks Ru Paul’s Drag Race Final, the panto is back in town!
Pantomime in the northeast is something that should be experienced and there’s nowhere better than the Theatre Royal which is now home to the most successful pantomime in the whole of the northeast and the fasting selling pantomime ever in the northeast. This of course, is probably attributed to the acting talents of Danny Adams, Clive Webb and the inimitable and much costumed Chris Hayward who this year playing Mrs Rita Potty particularly shone.
Danny, Clive and Chris are the ultimate trio and I think that’s what makes the Theatre Royal Pantomime so special, they’ve worked together for years and they know each other inside and out as actors, their timing is perfect and Danny’s comedy talents always make me wonder, what other job could Danny have ever done?
Beauty and the Beast needed a Belle and Sebastian and both Laura Evans and Chris Cowley excelled in their roles, the singing and dancing was on pointe all of the way through with pitch perfect performances, the costumes were perfect and the dance numbers were strong and energetic.
I cannot find one single fault with last nights performance, I saw my teen laughing more than I’ve seen her laugh for ages and the whole crowd were laughing, joining in as a good panto audience should. Everything within the polished performance had such high production values, from the bright beautiful costumes, to the original song and dance numbers.
There was also a lot more of a Geordie flavour to this years performance with the whole Pantomime being set in Geordieville and a song all about the Geordies and I loved that, it made for a really special kind of performance where everyone in the room understood and oh yes, there were more than a few innuendos for the adults in the audience but it wasn’t overdone, there was no offence to anyone and when Belle saved the beast from the giant wolf (seriously impressive animatronic) I cheered at the nod to feminism, ballsy Belle gets my vote!
To me, there’s no Christmas season without a visit to the pantomime but as with many things, not all pantomimes are made equal so forget about the rest of the northeast’s offerings and head straight to the box office of the Theatre Royal but hurry with shows like that every night it wouldn’t surprise me if they’re totally sold out soon.
10/10, for 2 hours of the best family entertainment, head straight to the Theatre Royal this festive period.
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