Is Anita Dobson good at panto? Oh yes she is!
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Just a quick post to say… Totally worth booking tickets to see Sleeping Beauty at the Aylesbury Waterside. I went last night with the little Muddies and it was loads of fun.
The same ‘support crew’ as last year – Andy Collins as likeable as ever as Chester the Jester, and Holly Brewer as Sleeping Beauty, still in dire need of acting lessons in my opinion (though the kids thought she was great and my brother thought she was ‘fit’!). There was a crew of very proficient backing dancers/actors and also a very believable Prince Antonio (Christian Lund) with a whopper singing voice to kiss Beauty.
And of course, there was Anita Dobson.
Unlike Russell Grant last year who, charming though he was, bumbled and sweated his way through the performance, Dobson possesses the ideal panto combination of acting ability and camp delivery. She milked the audience for every laugh, didn’t mind sending herself up with the occasional Brian May gag, and also gave a very amusing take on the evil fairy Carabosse, as if she was in computer meltdown. She really earned her money last night.
Panto is all about tradition, and so the Twelve days of Christmas musical gag with the ‘bra that was made to fit three’ was reprised humorously from last year (and perhaps from years before – can someone tell me?). And the water pistols were, once again, let loose on the audience too, and the kids found it just as thrilling.
The theatre wasn’t quite full but there was a huge amount of noise generated, with loads of booing, cheering and jazz hands. At the end of the night (be warned parents with little ones: it was 9.45pm by the time we left), everyone stood up and danced and it all ended with some pyrotechnics. Totally silly and eccentric and brilliant fun.
Tickets from £11.90 – £41.40.