Reviewed by Debbie Lowndes
Yet again the pantomime at the Regent Theatre in Stoke does not disappoint. We have been coming to the pantomime in Stoke for the last four years. It is definitely streets above the rest we have seen at other theatres in the area.
If you want to have a complete ball in a party atmosphere surrounded by proper belly laughter, then I totally recommend you visit the pantomime at the Regent Theatre in Stoke. Jonathan Wilkes and Christian Patterson certainly know how to entertain their audience.
You will sing, dance, get wet, laugh and be completely entertained. You will feel young again and let yourself go and not care who is watching! It is amazing. Jonathan and Christian are an hilarious double act. Once you have been to see them in pantomime, I am sure you will find yourself returning year on year.
The pantomime is definitely different to other pantomimes, however, in a good way and is pure entertainment for all ages. We travel from Derbyshire each year just to appreciate the pure quality and humour of these pantomimes.
Jonny plays muddles and delivers the part in a modern style with pure warmth and wit. Christian plays the Dame – muggles mum – Fanny the nanny. One finest dame around, wearing the finest attire. Jokes continually bounce between the two of them.
They are joined on stage by Kai Owen plays the King – Sleeping Beauty’s father. King Cyril is the harmless father up for a laugh. He sings and dances throughout the pantomime and delivers some quality comical material too.
Delme Thomas puts on a remarkable performance playing Chi-Chi, the spirit of Stoke (good spirit). He performs the part well taking the word camp to its maximum in an outstanding manner. He is adorable and has glitter and glamour written all over him.
Vivien Parry was the wicked fairy Carabosse, with boos a many. She takes revenge due to not being invited to a party to celebrate the birth of Princess Beauty. Her revenge is delivered on the stroke of midnight on the evening of Beauty’s 21st birthday with a spinning wheel and a powerful curse. Luckily the impact is minimised by Chi Chi – Yay.
Vivien’s costume portrays her baddie image and she is able to show off her powerful voice in a couple of songs.
Naomi Slights plays the part of enchanting Sleeping Beauty. She sings, dances and has everyone on their edge of their seats awaiting the ‘big kiss’ once they find her true love prince.
I am not going to give too much away about the finer details, as I do not want to spoil it for others. Believe me when I say, ‘It will not disappoint !!!’
The dancers all belong to the Wilkes Academy of Performing Arts, run by Jonny and his wife Nikki. From the cast list I see that Nikki was responsible for the strong choreography. The dancers were top quality, producing many triple flips. Routines were tight, well timed and all dancers gave it their everything. It was evident that lots of hard work had gone into the routines.
The costumes and stage settings are bold, tasteful, enchanting and colourful. Watch out for the big dragon with nostrils smoke – This will either wow the kids or maybe scary them a little. The music is very appropriate and gets everyone foot tapping, swaying and clapping. Everyone will have a feel-good vibe.
I must also give a mention to the band – they were great.
You will definitely be leaving the pantomime with a festive feel good feeling. If not crying with laughter and smiling for days!
We attended on the first night and the crowd gave the cast a well-deserved standing ovation. Well done to all cast members and everyone at the Regent Theatre. Once again, a pantomime to be proud of!!!
Tickets cost from £13 (plus £3.65 transaction fee).
Sleeping Beauty is at the Regent Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent from 13 December 2019 to 5 January 2020, for more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/regent-theatre or call the box office on 0844 871 7649.
Regent Theatre, Piccadilly, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 1AP | 0844 871 7649