Saturday 4 December 2021

Sleeping Beauty Pantomime At The Tyne Theatre Newcastle Review

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Panto is back

Oh yes it is 

As a family we adore going to the pantomime it is a bit of a tradition and is something the whole family enjoys, from us grown-ups, to our teen and younger children. It is good fun and most definitely gets us all in the Christmas spirit. Last year we really missed it and Christmas just wasn't the same without a trip to the panto. So last night we excitedly made our way to the Tyne Theatre in Newcastle to watch this years production of Sleeping Beauty and plenty of laughs were had at this proper Geordie panto. 

Once again Enchanted Entertainments has taken over the beautiful Tyne Theatre in Newcastle city centre to bring us this years pantomime Sleeping Beauty. Running from the 3rd of December 2021 to the 3rd of January 2022 with an impressive 54 performances. The cast is once again made up of Tyne Theatre panto favourites Charlie Richmond  and Lewis Denny (I love his Karen the mam videos on Facebook - go watch, they are hilarious). Along with the return of Collabro's Matt Pagan, Laura Baxter as Sleeping Beauty, JoJo Hatfield as Fairy Fortywinks, Sarah Annakin as wicked Carabosse and Steve Halliday as Old King Cole. Complete with a live band and a troop of energetic dancers and a little bit of 3D projection magic. 

The classic tale of Sleeping Beauty most definitely had a bit of a Geordie make-over with plenty of local gags and references which the audience loved. Charlie Richmond or Chester the Jester as he was known this year provided plenty of laughs with his jokes and comic timing whilst Lewis Denny made a great Nurse Nora in his flamboyant costumes and great one liners. Charlie and Lewis are great together with their gags and silliness, they really had the whole audiene in fits of laughter at times, especially during the Geordie 12 days of Christmas routine - Byker dummies or netty rolls anyone? 

It was great to see Matt Pagan return to the Tyne Theatre again this year as Prince Charming as he joined in the silliness and sang some pitch-perfect duets with Sleeping Beauty Laura Baxter. Fairy Fortywinks the forgetful fairy brought cheer while wicked Carabosse created plenty of boos. While some of the song choices and dancers had the audience dancing in their seats, especially the greatest showman tune. 

There was a ghost scene but with a twist, on arrival you are giving 3D glasses and you are asked to put them on during this scene. I don't want to give too much away as it is not what you expect but it was a great edition to the show and a part of the show that my two children really enjoyed, even though they did get a little fright. 

It was what a panto should be fun and silly with plenty of singing and laughter. My children enjoyed it, they were shouting at the tops of their voices, singing, cheering and booing and laughing throughout the whole show. It really has helped us all find some festive cheer and I for one am glad that panto is back this year as it really feels like Christmas now. 

There are still tickets available to see Sleeping Beauty at the Tyne Theatre, it is running until the 3rd of January 2022 and ticket prices start at £14. To find out more and to book head to the Tyne Theatre and Opera House website


1 comment

  1. How wonderful. It sounds like you had a great time and the use of the 3D glasses sound interesting x


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