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Review: Sleeping Beauty | Tyne Theatre & Opera House

The second pantomime I’ve now visited this year, and back at the Tyne Theatre and Opera House on Westgate Road I was. This was the venue at which I regained my excitement for pantomime back in 2019 when I saw Aladdin. Again as we all know after an absence of theatre in 2020 we were glad to see pantomime back at this great venue. A common tale being told across many theatres this year, it was Sleeping Beauty the classic fairytale bought to us by Enchanted Entertainment.

Starring in this years production were local talent Laura Baxter as Princess Tamara (and our Sleeping Beauty). Collabro’s Matt Pagan was this years Prince Kristoph, Sarah Annakin as our evil witch Carabosse and JoJo Hatfield as Fairy Fortywinks . Every theatre it seems to have it’s own legend and the Tyne Teatre is no different. Yet again Charlie Richmond performs for his twelfth year in pantomime, this year as Chester the Jester alongside Lewis Denny, who himself as nurse Nora is back for his own seventh year in panto .

A wide range of age groups were attending. Old to young, families and couples came together to see this show. The show started with an introduction from Fairy Forty winks who was funny and encourages the audience to welcome her on stage at every entrance. I really enjoyed her voice when she sang the more rock style songs that were in the show. Matt Pagan and Laura Baxter performed well as the Prince and Sleeping Beauty. We all know Matt can sing and he just reiterated this when in song. Laura Baxter was lovely as the Princess who is looking for love. She also showed her funny side in a flashback scene when in her youngers years at school. Sarah Annakin was evil as evil can be, and saw her plan come to fruition after cursing the aforementioned Princess after placing a curse on her when she was only a baby. She also gives a good rendition of Britney Spears ‘Toxic’.

Lewis Denny and Charlie Richmond bring the laughs in this show . The duo have quickly become fan favourites together and are thoroughly enjoyable to watch together. Lewis takes up the Dame role playing Nurse Nora. He brings the jokes with great timing that is a joy to watch. Charlie Richmond seemed to be the crowd favourite in his role as Chester the Jester. Complemented by a strong broad Geordie accent he was a dominant character throughout and got involved with the audience well. There’s also a great sketch depicting the twelve days of christmas with Matt, Lewis, Denny.

A classic fairytale appeal to a modern audience with modern pop music intertwined into this show also had us sing along quietly. The show was entertaining funny and had everything you wanted from pantomime and more. This show also had something I’ve not seen in panto before and it was the first time  this had been incorporated at the time theatre which was a fabulous 3D seen that really immersed the audience into the show and even had me as an adult reaching out in front of me.

Tickets are priced £14 – £25, Boxes £108 – £150, family ticket £63 – £89 (2 adults, 2 children or 1 adult, 3 children). Group & school tickets available (Plus booking fees when booking online or over the phone)


Tyne Theatre Information

Refreshments

Tyne Theatre & Opera House has bar facilities on each level selling a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks as well as a range of confectionary.

Access

Tyne Theatre & Opera House stalls are fully accessible for wheelchair and mobile aid users with ramps in foyer/box office entrance and to Bistro Bar.

Wheelchair user spaces are limited to four per show, please contact 0191 243 1171 to book these seats. Due to the age of the theatre we do not have a lift to higher levels.

There is an accessible toilet at the back of the Stalls, there are other toilet facilities on all levels.

Location

Tyne Theatre & Opera House is located on the Westgate Road our neighbours are Tilly’s Bar and The Bodega, we face the City wall at the end of Stowell Street.

Parking

Grainger Town multi story car park is open 24hrs, parking is free after 5pm Monday to Saturday and after 6pm on Sunday. There is free on-street parking on Westgate Road, Waterloo Street & near the Discovery after 6.30pm. There are Blue Badge Holder spaces at all locations.

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