Theatre Review: Beauty & The Beast

By Julia Parry | 20th December 2017


Pantomime season is once more upon us and this year The Grand Opera House seasonal offering is Beauty and the Beast starring Antony Costa as Beast.

The atmosphere and anticipation from the audience last night was electric. My five year old companion positively fizzed with excitement.

As with all great pantomime tradition, there is a perfect balance of glitter and glamour, wonderful dancing, fabulous singing….. a large sprinkling of sparkling magic, both good and evil (Booooo!) and the saucy innuendo keeping the adults chuckling while sailing over the children’s heads! Lynne McGranger as Wizadora Crabapple getting her fair share of hisses & boos and Steve Wickenden as Beauty’s sister Misrabelle camping up his dame to dizzying heights.

Stuart Wade who also directed the show starred as Seymour Bottom, a real crowd pleaser…he had the children screaming his name at every opportunity, my companions loving the fact that they could say rude words without a telling off!

When Debbie McGee (Adorabella Angelpie) appeared on stage to the Strictly theme tune the audience erupted into applause and shrieks of support. The show was studded with Strictly’ references and Debbie did not disappoint when she danced. Every time she appeared my seven year old companion melted in his love for her, his soppy, love struck smile was quite a picture!

A much-loved story, a great production and a magical flying dragon …… I had to find out my companions’ favourite bits ( as well as the fairy like Debbie McGee):

The five year old girl and seven year old boy both decided it was the ghosts going into the audience and the dancing skeletons because they both "…liked being a little bit scared". The bear in the wood was also much enjoyed and the dancing tea pot and biscuits; Audrey Leybourne at ninety years old and dancing around as Potty T Potts getting a well deserved rousing cheer from the audience.

A great family show with the added bonus of some Strictly sparkle. Tens all round from these judges!

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