Reviewed by Rachel Sworder
On our way to the theatre my 4 year daughter was screeching with excitement!!!
The story of Room on the Broom is a much loved book and film written by Julia Donaldson and is about a witch (Amy Harris) and her cat (Emma Crowley-Bennett). She flies through the wind and loses her hat and comes across a dog who wants to know “if there is any room on the broom for me?” The Witch, the cat and the dog (Charlie Guest) fly on but the witch loses her hair bow in the wind and a bird (Andrew Mudie) finds it. Bird then wants to then know “if there is any room on the broom for me?”. The witch flies on with her cat, the dog and the bird but let go of her wand. A frog then finds it and wants to know “if there is any room on the broom for me?”. The witch’s half broomstick flew on with the others falling out of the sky and the witch gets chased by a dragon who wants Witch and Chips for tea. But just as the dragon was about to eat, out of a ditch rose a horrible beast. The beast was really the cat, dog, frog and the bird who covered themselves in mud to save their witch from the dragon. They then all do a spell together to get back home. “Iggety, ziggety, zaggety, ZOOM!” Out of the cauldron rose the most magnificent broomstick and they all flew home together.
The stage was alive with all the bright colours and lots of action from all the characters and the props and smoking cauldron.
From start to finish I loved the added humour for the parents in it which made us giggle. Songs, laughs and scary fun and encouraging the crowd to be very involved too and the actors have you engrossed from the beginning to the end as they draw you in with all their love and passion for this show.
Charlie Guest was amazing the way in which he worked the frog and dog was very realistic with their flowing moves constantly throughout the show and animated the animals with voice over and songs and brought them to life and not just one but two at a time and kept the continuity with no hitches or jolts in the movements of them or his facial movements.
A fun afternoon for all and lots of dressed up children too, with a running time of just over 55 minutes will suit age 3 upwards.
Tickets cost from £10.50 to £12.50 (booking fees may apply).
Room on the Broom Live is at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham from 14-17 March 2019, for more information or to book tickets visit www.trch.co.uk or call the box office on 0115 989 5555.
Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall, Theatre Square, Nottingham, NG1 5ND