Pantomime: Dick WhittingtonKey Theatre, Peterborough, Cambs,
Run: December 1st 2016 to Jan 8 2017
Duration: 2 hours including interval
Curtain Up: 7:00pm
Seat Full Price: £18:50 (Concs. available)
Drinks: 2 x Gin/Tonic £12
Reviewer: Ian Ray Equity Member
The audience full of excited children waving lighted wands and flashing swords. But the current Dick Whittington (allegedly from Whittlesey) sadly relied on a stinker of a script, only one joke worthy of note, and a string of song and dance numbers with the vocals washed out by poor audio, and principal cast members doubling up as the strolling (at times) pit orchestra.
Trouble is most of the dazzling multiplicity of musical instruments the on stage cast ritually toted were electronically amplified, so any lyrics competing with this 'wall of sound' were totally lost and the pre-occupation with musical stings, put any form of comedy continuity, sharp timing and acting, firmly on the back burner.
Again, bags of musical talent, but poor sound, a weak script and not being fed lines for an impromptu off book banter / comedic battle with his fellow players, really didn’t help. Half way through the run, this should be well in place.
Finally a word for the Theatre Programme, lots of games and content under the distinctive guiding hand of John Good, but not credited, and very few ads. to support it.
Someone at Vivacity needs to extract the digit. Oh no (s)he doesn't... Happy New Year and Sleeping Beauty is already pencilled in for 2017... still the Milton Keynes panto runs into February....worth a shot...
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