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Sleeping Beauty @ The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Published by: Yvonne Delahaye on 18th Dec 2013 | View all blogs by Yvonne Delahaye
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Christmas is only a week away and with the tree and colourful decorations put up, cards sent and presents bought, it’s time to take the kids along to see the seasonal panto. Last year I was in a play at The English Theatre of Hamburg, so I missed out on the Christmas panto and was looking forward to another entertaining evening at The Waterside.
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Sleeping Beauty
is the fairy story of the Princess Beauty (Holly Brewer) who is cursed by the Wicked Fairy Carabosse (Anita Dobson) when she’s a baby.  The curse states that when Beauty reaches 18 she will prick her finger on a spinning wheel and die.  Fortunately the Lilac Fairy (Frankie Armitage) is able to change the curse so that she doesn’t die but sleeps for 100 years and can only be woken by handsome Prince Antonia (Christian Lund).  In the midst of this, Beauty’s childhood friend Chester The Jester (Andy Collins) and Nurse Molly Coddle (Graham Kent) provide laughter and mayhem and keep us all involved.
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Star of stage and screen Anita Dobson is absolutely fabulous as The Wicked Fairy Carabosse. She relishes her role as the bad fairy, making us all hiss and boo and looks stunning in her long purple dress and short tutu. Shooting to fame as Angie Watts in Eastenders, Anita’s TV, film and stage career has seen her nominated for an Olivier Award, Evening Standard Award and London Theatre Critics Award. Anita’s success in Strictly Come Dancing re-affirmed her place in the nation’s hearts.
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Comic and TV Presenter Andy Collins makes a welcome return to his home town and really knows how to work the audience.  Everyone loved The Twelve Days of Christmas with Andy dashing around throwing objects over his shoulder getting more and more exhausted.  He really works incredibly hard throughout the show and I’m sure by the end of the run will be ready for a holiday!
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There’s plenty of time to go and see this magical panto, so make sure you don’t miss out on the show guaranteed to put some sparkle into the festive season.

Performances:   Thursday 19th to Sunday 5th January
Tickets:   £11.90 to £41.40
Box Office:   0844 871 7607 (bkg fee)
Groups Hotline:  0844 871 7614
Access Booking: 0844 871 7677 (bkg fee)
Online Booking: (bkg fee)

Reviewed by:
Yvonne Delahaye


1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 4 years ago
    Do you know, Yvonne, I think that I have been a bit of a theatre snob in the past. Over the last several years I have become a pantomime convert. They are always such great fun!!
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