Wednesday, 16 December 2009

REVIEW: Robin Hood - The Pantomime Adventure, New Theatre, Cardiff

With a rich cavalcade of stars and more cover versions than a Westlife concert, Robin Hood – The Pantomime Adventure explodes onto the New Theatre stage with glitz and glamour.

Of course, we all know the story of Robin Hood, the outlaw of Sherwood Forest who wins over the heart of Maid Marian and in the process puts himself on the wanted list of The Sheriff of Nottingham But anyone who thinks they’ve seen it all before couldn’t be so wrong.

John Barrowman as Robin displays all the showmanship that has endeared him to TV audiences of all ages for the last 5 years, singing, dancing and acting with lots of good natured cheek thrown in.

There is strong support from Emma Thornett as Marian and Pete Gallagher as a caddish Sheriff of Nottingham, while Andy Jones as Will Scarlett and Don Maclean as Friar Tuck, prove you don’t always have to be a dame to get all the laughs (although Maclean does get to wear plenty of frocks).

Special mention must also go to Jacqui Dubois who as the witch Cassandra, puts a spell on everyone with her rich vocal singing talents.

There are some startling scenes in this production that take the audience from the edge of Sherwood Forest to the colourful Nottingham Fair. My particular favourites were the witch Cassandra’s dark lair and the wonderful wintry Ice Forest sequence.

If you want to take your family on a Pantomime treat this Christmas, you’ll be hard pushed to better this excellent production. Robin Hood continues at The New Theatre until 24 January 2010.

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