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Friday 15th December- More Reviews!

December 15, 2017

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Today’s review is from The Maidenhead Advertiser, written by Cheryl Chapman:

Fee-fi-fo-fum, panto has come to High Wycombe!

And what a pantomime it is – a giant-sized treat for the whole family.

All the essential ingredients are there: the rubbish jokes, the pantomime cow, the sexy evil villain… Add to this a jaw dropping set, spectacular costumes, live musicians and dancers, a former pop star, a CBeebies presenter and the best pantomime dame you’ll ever see and you’ve got a giant-sized hit on your hands.

Former Blue star Simon Webbe takes centre stage as Jack Trot, the unassuming hero who must use his beans to save the beautiful Princess Apricot (Britain’s Got Talent winner Ashleigh Butler), outwit the evil giant and win riches beyond his wildest dreams.

Helping him is his hapless brother, confusingly called Simon and played by Chris Jarvis, as anyone under the age of 15 (and their parents) will recognise as a CBeebies stalwart. He’s the main man for risqué jokes, terrible puns and quite passable impressions, as well as a very funny sketch involving a cart load of DVDs.

Panto dame extraordinaire Nigel Ellacott plays Dame Trot, a ‘lady’ of immaculate sartorial sense who’s looking for love – will she find it among the audience?

The real stars are Ashleigh Butler’s canine companions, Sully and Eliza (poor Pudsey died earlier this year). The well-trained pair perform a number of routines with Ashleigh that melt the icy hearts of all.

All in all, it’s a wonderful pantomime that seems to have cut the chaff that can make other pantos a bit long and insufferable… Music numbers are short and snappy, lines are written to the strengths of all cast members, there’s plenty of audience participation and as for the thrilling 3-D element – well you’ll just have to see it for yourself!

Now, where can one buy a dog like Ashleigh’s?

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