WORTH A LOOK?: ***
WHERE: Southampton Mayflower
WHEN: 31/12, runs to 7/1/18
Our review of Strictly Come Dancing‘s Craig Revel Horwood’s fabulous turn in Annie last year was the fourth most read content on this site in 2017.
- Read on for reasons including which pantomime is Southampton-bound in 2018
And, with barely a pause for breath, he’s slipping into the heels of evil Queen Lucretia in Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (pictured above with character Prince Harry of Hampshire) in pantomime at Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre.
Regular readers of this site will know that we love a good panto and this isn’t bad but it’s not a patch on Julian Clary’s Dick Whittington currently whipping up a storm at London’s Palladium until 14/1.
In many ways the templates are similar: we have an energetic dance troupe in Flawless; a camp star and a comedy/variety act, the rather tired Chuckle Brothers.
We’re on the end of the fifth row and the best Chuckle Brother moment was when one of them, we don’t know which, put a custard pie in the face of the man immediately in front of us, much to our relief.
Much is made of Revel Horwood’s Strictly connection and, while we would’ve liked more dancing from him, his reputation as mean reality show judge is shoehorned neatly into his dragged-up character here.
The music balances original with back catalogue and the twists on Andy Williams’ Can’t Take My Eyes Off You and Blondie‘s One Way Or Another work well.
As we leave we notice that this pantomime shares its producer with the Palladium’s and also that Dick Whittington is Southampton-bound next Christmas.
Clary’s is definitely the funniest pantomime we’ve ever seen and we’re hoping he’ll be taking another bow at the Palladium in 2018 for what’s become its annual festive panto.