21-25 February 2017
Reviewed by Lee-Anne McCarthy
with Jack and Jayden, both 10
‘It was amazing’, ‘Fox was my favourite’, ‘Rabbit was the funniest’, ‘I didn’t like Farmer Bean’ my two lovely companions didn’t stop from the moment we left the theatre. The excitement from the two of them was electric. The car journey home was full of fun and laughter. This is what you have to look forward too by visiting the New Theatre in Cardiff to visit Fantastic Mr Fox.
Fantastic Mr Fox is adapted from the hugely successful Roahl Dahl tale. It had a lot to live up to. It tells the story of a family of foxes and their forest friends as they try and evade the clutches of the dastardly farmers who are determined to hunt them out. A story of triumph in team work it’s heart-warming and uplifting.
The show was brought to life by a phenomenal cast. The sometimes arrogant, yet still lovable, Mr Fox was played by Greg Barnett. He oozed charisma and screamed the leader of the pack even though he was often carefully and subtly manoeuvred by his loving vixen Mrs Fox, played by Lillie Flynn. Flynn showed a loving caring character. Together they were the typical couple Mr Fox head of the house Mrs Fox the neck moving the head to where it sits best. I’ll confess to be being a little biased here when it comes the lovely Jade Coot who plays Kit. In my other life as a teacher Jade is a former student so I was excited to see her performance. To say I was blown away was an understatement. I always knew she was accomplished but my goodness what a fantastic performance.
Both Jack and Jayden were mesmerised by the dual character playing farmers. Richard Atwill, Raphael Bushay and Gruffudd Glyn played their different characters so well it took until the interval for either of the boys to realise they were one and the same person. The boys decided learning your lines for one part was hard enough learning parts for two must mean they were ‘superactors’.
My favourite character was played by Sandy Foster. She played the loveable, funny and often confused Rabbit. There were moments in the show where my tummy ached at laughing at some of her actions and lines. The levels of humour meant that both myself and the boys were all in stitches but not always for the same reasons.
We thoroughly enjoyed this family show and would recommend a half term visit to anyone wanting light-hearted fun and humour. We give this show a fantastic five stars.
Tickets cost from £11 to £23.50 (booking fees may apply).
Fantastic Mr Fox is at the New Theatre in Cardiff until 25 February 2017. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 029 2087 8889.
New Theatre, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3LN | 029 2087 8889