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December 6, 2017 / basabbott

Ipswich Panto


Red Riding Hood
New Wolsey Theatre

The trademarks of Ipswich pantos are thundering rock music, all the traditional elements and topical references.
So the show appeals to all ages, even the fall-guy from the audience who gets drawn in.
When they sing the panto characters suddenly become slick Americans; but they are first-rate.
As ever, they all play instruments and dance as well.
Simon Nock’s Dame is of the feather boa’d guardsman variety, with elements of Carmen Miranda.
Jokes like someone getting their hands on her assets come along like old friends.
Lucy Wells makes a spunky and pretty Red Riding Hood. Rob Falconer’s oily, upper-class villain, Max Runham’s Prince and Adam Langstaff & Daniel Carter Hope, as short-plank henchmen, are all good value.
A special mention for James Haggie as Jack Frost, looking like an ambulant icicle, and in the Dandini role as a mincing courtier. He also puts over Sweet Caroline and other songs with great verve.
Peter Rowe’s production runs until 27 January.

Basil Abbott

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