The most challenging time of the year for any self-respecting theatre critic is once again upon us. No, not Panto season itself (you cynic! ), but rather that time of great creative torture when we have to roll up our sleeves and even just attempt to review the mirth and merriment of panto without resorting to the same tired bag of cliches and soundbites. Oh, yes it is!
It’s December 1st… it is now officially socially acceptable to get excited about Christmas. And for those who soak up everything the festive season offers (myself included) and may be looking for something different yet still decidedly on-theme this Christmas, the Alton Towers resort in Staffordshire are offering up a truly magical festive getaway with their ‘Santa Sleepover’ experiences.
There are a real abundance of analogies you can hurl in the direction of Big Fish the Musical when assessing its successes as a piece of theatre, doubly so when you throw in the much-hyped (and equally marketed) presence of Frasier star Kelsey Grammer making his London debut in the lead role. ‘Grammer is the big fish in a small pond here’ some have cited, seemingly forgoing originality in favour of base observation.
@Reallisariley@WolvesGrand@DoreenTipton It was wonderful - I've just posted my review! (and I have to apologise - my laptop kept autocorrecting your surname to that of my friend's, spelt 'Reilly'. It should all be amended and corrected, now though! 🤦)
Hope you have a wonderful Christmas, too! ❤️✨🎄
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