Sleeping Beauty at the Preston Guild Hall Review

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Guild Hall, Preston

7 December 2015 to 2 January 2016


Reviewed by Julie Leousis

I took my two boys (9 and 10) to see the Preston Guild Hall version of Sleeping Beauty in panto.

The Guild Hall is easy to access in Preston City centre with adequate parking next door at Preston Bus Station. Parking changes are reasonable, I only concern is how dark it is at night in this large multi-story car park.

The Guild Hall is clean and comfy with good leg room. Food and drink, as with all shows, was quite pricey with three ice-creams costing £8.60 and popcorn at £2.50. During the break and at the start of the show they were selling laser toys for the children so it could get expensive while you are there.

The theatre was packed out, lots of adults were there without children. Shows we are never too old for panto to get us into the Christmas spirit.

The performance took us through the traditional Sleeping Beauty fairy tale with an excellent comedy twist in true panto form. The characters especially Silly Billy (played by comedian Phil Walker) had us, both adults and children laughing out loud throughout the performance. They totally engaged the audience with the act on stage for a top class performance by all. The beautiful Charlotte Dalton played Princess Aurora our Sleeping Beauty. All the costumes and the set were fabulous!

The good and bad fairies really played their roles well throughout. The children loved being squirted with the water pistols during the show, causing giggles through the aisles.

The dancers were amazing especially the little fairies and we all loved the minions dancing on stage bringing in a more up to date and popular set of characters to this age old story.

Phil Walker as Silly Billy and Hayley Hassall as The Good Fairy
Photo Credit: Michael Porter

The children loved that they recognised Hayley from CBBC who played the good fairy. The only issue we had was how late it finished. On a school night it was a bit late for the children and the younger one was nodding off at the end.

The magic of panto really shines through in this play. We can truly say that it is nearly Christmas after seeing this last night. I loved how the theatre draws in children and adults of all ages to create such a fun time, making family memories to last forever.

I would definitely recommend going to see this panto, if you can only afford one outing with the children this Christmas – choose this!

Rating: 4.5/5

Tickets cost from £14 to £56 (booking fees may apply).

Sleeping Beauty is at the Guild Hall in Preston until 2 January 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 01772 804444.

The Guild Hall & Charter Theatre, Lancaster Road, Preston, PR1 1HT | 01772 804444

4 half Star

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