12 December 2014 to 4 January 2015
Reviewed by Sandra Mcghee
Magic Bean Pantomimes returns for its second year at the Grove Theatre, Dunstable. A big massive wow is all I can say to summarise and describe last night’s performance it was spectacular from start to finish no exaggeration whatsoever, a really entertaining fun-filled evening, so much humour, (tacky in parts but what you expect from a traditional pantomime, it was truly superb, you couldn’t hold back the laughter and this was very apparent to witness amongst the audience as so much laughter was heard!) but seriously what super talent, it is what you would normally expect from panto, but much much more, you must book your tickets soon I wouldn’t hesitate! A real flavour of expertise diverse talent, ranging from Alan Fletcher, Steve Hewlett, Andy Abraham, Anna Kumble, Peter Brad-Leighand Holly-Anne Hull.
I asked my 10 year old daughter, Lucy, tonight “What was your favourite part of last night’s show?” her reply “Oh that’s easy Mum, it’s the jokes and Steve Hewlett the ventriloquist” he has been performing since the age of 17 (and she then started to try and re-enact part of his scenes a- z with her mouth shut, which is something. He did a super job of involving some audience participants towards the end of the show!). He was, as I agreed, so brilliant and one of the best features performers of the show, mainly because he entertains all age groups and is truly a great pleasure to watch, funny and the kids – how could they not like some of his adorable cute characters, chaperones! We were very fortunate we was located in Stalls F9 to 12 absolutely the best seats in the house, so central, would definitely recommend these seats for any show, as think these are the best I’ve ever experienced at the Grove Theatre.
Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood is something for everyone from as young, as I spotted, of about a 3 year old girl in the audience bopping up and down to whatever musical scene she could was so lovely to witness she was obviously enjoying every minute of the show!
I was very fortunate to witness the Panto Factor for the selection process of the Xmas Panto a couple of months ago, so for me it was so even so much more fulfilling to see the finished show to include Eleanor Sandars and Holly-Anne Hull playing such magnificent parts of Robin Hood and Maid Marian they were a real pleasure to watch! Every single performer from Alan Fletcher (known around the world as the Neighbours alter ego Doctor Karl Kennedy)! We are very honoured to welcome such an experienced actor to our local community and star as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood at the Grove Theatre, Dunstable.
I would say on behalf of my local community a big pat on the back to the Cast, Creative Team, Dancers, Producers, Choreography, Writers and any Musical involvement, it was simply a really great pantomime! I’m already considering to book tickets again in the festive season, as it was such a great performance! Great work! And an extra special thanks to the Grove Theatre staff especially Becca Henry for always welcoming us to the Grove Theatre!
Value: £12 schools and uniform groups to £14 per ticket to £24.50 a ticket! – Highly recommended!
Tickets cost from £14 to £24.50 (plus £1.50 booking fee).
Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood is at the Grove Theatre in Dunstable until 4 January 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 01582 602080.
Grove Theatre, Grove Park, Court Drive, Dunstable, LU5 4GP | 01582 602080