Day 838 – #21 Go to a pantomime


Another beautifully focused picture from my iphone!
On Christmas Bank Holiday Monday Mark and I went to the Theatre Royal in Bath to watch this year’s panto – Jack and the Beanstalk.  {oh no you didn’t! – oh yes we did!}
Mark wasn’t really looking forward to it, but I was.  The only thing I was a little unsure of was the fact that Chris Harris (panto dame extraordinaire and producer of Bath panto) was no longer with us and so it would be a new dame (Nick Wilton – previous fame as market inspector in Eastenders!) and a new production.  Chris Harris was amazing so it was going be a tough act to follow.

Nick Wilton was *brilliant*!  He absolutely stole the show.  Jon Monie played his usual role of simpleton (Simple Simon this year – brother of the eponymous Jack) and was excellent.  He and Nick carried the whole performance beautifully.  Nigel Havers was Baron Fleshcreep and was great in his own, inimitable fashion.  He corpsed quite a few times (not the only one!) and had quite a few adlib quips that went down well.  I think he was actually too nice & handsome for the villain but he did well.

Jack, Jill, the King & the forest fairy were fairly forgettable.  The fairy was played by (apparently) a CBeebies Star called Katy Ashworth who went down well with the kids in the audience.  The cow – Daisy – was the most glamorous pantomime cow I’ve ever seen!  She got a great reception everytime she came on stage.

There was masses of singing, dancing, audience participation and lots and lots of laughs.  It was well worth watching and I’m glad we went.

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