WITH ALL the Christmas performances taking place across the Greenwich borough, 'Sleeping Beauty' is one to mark on your calendar. Performed at the Greenwich Theatre, it promises "one hundred years of magic in one glittering pantomime", and on that it delivers.
ChiChi & Mr. ChiChi junior caught the morning show (advisable if you have young kids who are either rowdy or at the theater for the first time). Looking at the faces you could tell the pantomime had achieved exactly what it had set out to do; provide entertainment, develop theatre-appreciation in the children, and make it the most pleasurable experience. Even the grown-ups were hooked.
This is a pantomime packed with sound and visual effects. The lines are easy for the kids to grasp, the jokes light, the costumes sparkly and the atmosphere very positive. There's even a few moral or two thrown in there for good measure. The cast is a strong one, although I must admit that most of the show's success goes to Super Nanny, whose presence is both confusing and amusing. But the star of the show she definitely was. Her presence is very very hard to miss.
This may not be a West End production, but the cast members offer a very noteworthy performance nonetheless. Bravo to all of them! well done!
'Sleeping Beauty' runs up to Saturday, January 6 at the Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill, Greenwich, SE 10 8ES. You can contact the theatre to book or just do it online at www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk