Posted On: 22/12/2015
By: Nic Deladier
A “cracking” panto
I took my 8 year old nephew to see this, his first panto and he laughed his little head off (and decided to form a one man support campaign for King Rat the baddie but we won’t dwell on that) so I would say you can probably get no higher or honest recommendation. (He actually suggested the title for this review after much deliberation during the journey home)
Is it cheesy? Yes.
Is it completely farcical/over the top? Yes.
But stereotypical panto descriptions aside it had a few surprises – one of which being a brilliant 3D film section in the 2nd half (your glasses were handed to you on arrival) which was UH.MAYZ.ING and got a great response from the audience. Me included.
The only negative I could really comment on was Pete Price messing up the odd line and he wasn’t really doing any of the dance scenes (thereby drawing attention to himself?!) and Sally Lindsay’s Scouse accent isn’t the best… but then we won’t be happy until we have Scouse actresses in Scouse actress jobs will we?
The songs were current, the atmosphere Christmassy and the array of fluorescent tat for sale in the foyer made for a happy gang of (aged mostly 10 and under) theatregoers..
If you are in the area over the next few weeks and feel your Christmas spirit in need of a kickstart give it a watch.
Oh and watch out for the “scousebirdprobs” signature line near the end 💅💅💅
Dick Whittington is on at The Empire Theatre Liverpool 12th Dec – 4th Jan
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