Sleeping Beauty at Theatre Royal Wakefield is a show that should be at the top of the list for families this Christmas.
The production was my four-year-old daughter’s first pantomime, and I wasn’t sure what she’d make of all the shouting and booing.
But I needn’t have worried, because this show hits all the high notes.
CBeebies star Chris Hannon gave a fabulous performance as the Dame while Thomas Cotran was great as the amusing Muddles.
I really enjoyed the songs from Prince Petroc (played by Steffan Lloyd Evans) with his well-trained, strong musical voice, while both mine and my daughter’s favourite was the evil-turned-good fairy Carabosse, played by Julie Stark.
I’d also like to give a special mention to the young supporting cast members, who danced their hearts out in several scenes, as they were all absolutely superb.
Featuring panto-versions of current hits that everyone will recognise, to some innuendo for the adults, the show really did go down a treat with all ages.
I’d forgotten how much fun a traditional pantomime can be, and I must admit, I shouted ‘it’s behind you’ as much as any youngster in the audience.
It’s well worth a visit no matter how old you are.
Sleeping Beauty is on at the Drury Lane theatre until December 31.
Tickets range from £13 to £22.50 and are available from the Box Office on 01924 211 311 or online at theatreroyalwakefield.co.uk.
Pictures by Amy Charles Media.