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Sleeping Beauty at Theatre Royal Stratford Theatre

Josephine Melville (Mauditious Le Vicious) in Sleeping Beauty at Theatre Royal Stratford East. Photo by Scott Rylander.
Josephine Melville (Mauditious Le Vicious) in Sleeping Beauty at Theatre Royal Stratford East. Photo by Scott Rylander.

This year Theatre Royal Stratford presents Sleeping Beauty. As usual, Stratford East have added their own twist to the traditional story. It was recognisable, but this production was quirky and embraced diversity at all levels. Each cast member brought something special to the table, whether that be a great singing voice or something else.

From the very beginning, there are shout-outs. So are we ready to shout as loud as we can? And then literally within a few minutes, the auditorium is split into two, competing to see which side could scream and sing the loudest? I caught myself joining in with the aaah-ing and the booing.

This magical production is full of sparkling fairy stardust and glittery balls. There were futuristic and shimmery glitzy costumes and even funky modern costumes. Perfectly suitable for a Christmas pantomime.

The music was well chosen, and there were songs to capture and engage the very young to the elderly. The music was very diverse – with songs including, Thriller, I Would Walk 500 miles, Baby Shark Doo Doo, She’ll Be Coming Around The Mountain When She Comes and more. And then there were the moves to get the audience going. At one point the auditorium was full of kids dancing and yes the adults joined in too, doing the floss dance.

If that wasn’t enough to get you into the pantomime singing and dancing mood, well there are a few more magical surprises. When I say magical, I do mean magic.

There was humour to capture little kiddies (eg arrows in bottoms) and of course, some humour that only the adults would understand.

When we left the Stratford East Theatre, my six-year-old boy asks the theatre staff… how did they do that? And she says oh well… it was magic! He was well impressed.

4 stars

Review by Shaidi Ramsurrun

Theatre Royal Stratford East’s Sleeping Beauty is a magical production, which is full of glitter and sparkle and is a great Christmas pantomime. Sleeping Beauty has been in a deep sleep for a hundred years… but wakes to find herself in a strange city with a cruel fairy hot on her heels…

Expect our much-loved mix of original songs, cracking jokes and a (huge) sprinkling of magic in London’s must-see pantomime.

Krystal Dockery as Fairy Stardust
Joshua Elliott as King Percy
Alice Frankham as Crow/Fairy Borealis/Mirror Antoinette
Josephine Melville as Mauditious Le Vicious
Ericka Posadas as Scarlett
Shaun Prendergast as Queen Pearl
Anthony Rickman as Forrest/Fairy Nightfall

Book and Lyrics by Sarah A Nixon and Mark Chatterton
Original Music and Lyrics by Robert Hyman
Director – Matthew Xia
Designer – Lily Arnold
Lighting Designer – Ciarán Cunningham
Choreographer – Rachael Nanyonjo
Musical Director – Lee Freeman
Sound Designer – John Leonard
Special Effects – Scott Penrose
Assistant Director – Ebenezer Bamgboye
Fight Director- Philip d’Orléans
Casting Director – Debbie O’Brien

SAT 01 DEC 2018 – SAT 12 JAN 2019


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