Our half term started off wet as we headed to Liverpool for Beauty and the Beast. The spectacular pantomime version of the family classic is bought to the Epstein Theatre this Easter by LHK productions.
We all know how the story of beauty and the beast goes.... A vain and handsome Prince is tested by enchantress who seeks shelter. Disguised as an old woman, the enchantress begs for help only to be turned away by the selfish Royal. Seeing that Prince is rotten to the core, with no love in his heart, the enchantress curses him and the entire contents of his castle. The Prince is transformed into a fearsome Beast. The only way to break the spell is for him learn to love another and earn love in return before the last petal from the magical rose falls. But who could ever learn to love such a fearsome Beast?
Starring 5ive pop sensation Ritchie Neville in his panto debut as Anton, Grease is the Word’s Alison Crawford returns to the Epstein as Belle and the hilarious Michael Chapman as Dame Dolly Doughnut.
This panto, wasn't like the exact 'Disney' story that the girls love. It's mixed with the classic songs like "Be our guest", which got J dancing off her seat, along with modern songs and references to 5ive songs too.
There was good old panto innuendo, which kept us "grown ups" giggling, and the girls were unaware, as well as songs to sing and clap along too, and of course shout back, "bonjour Louey".
There were plenty of surprises too, like when the Official Village Idiot ran through the audience, (just the row behind us), with Anton, following right behind, had the girlies is stitches of laughter. They slipped in one of my favourites songs for panto, the song "if I wasn't a panto star, I would be...." which again, caused ALOT of giggles from the entire audience. I wont spoil the surprise for that one...
It was a great show in the grade II listed theatre, that sits 400. The seats were surprisingly comfortable too. The option to loan booster seats for 50p also came in handy if someone tall is sat in front of the children. Grandma and Grandad were both laughing and enjoying the show too. It was great to come to an event where all three generations really enjoyed themselves. Little S (3yrs)managed to watch the entire show (apart from a quick toilet break) and J was just mesmerised.... I wasn't sure if it was the popcorn that tempted us as we walked in, or the "compulsory panto children's hand held flashing lights" that helped, but after seeing the stars afterwards, im pretty much sure its because she was watching a "Princess".
|Apologies for poor quality... snapped on phone!|
After the show, we were able to get photos with the main line up. The beast was no longer the beast, and was now the handsome Prince. All dressed up after the wedding.
...and probably one of my favourites of the day, just caught, as J ran off to speak to Belle, after a few moments chatting, a real heart felt hug... Thank you Alison, she really does think you are a real princess. I did mention to J that Anton was a pop star, but she wasn't star struck, although she did say he was handsome...
It was a little strange seeing a Pantomime at Easter, as it is usually at Christmas, but it was a lovely afternoon. I suppose it doesn't really matter when it is. We all walked away with smiles, and a great start to our Easter holidays. If you would like to visit the Beauty and the Beast at The Epstein, they are there until the 12th April, and tickets can be bought here.
*We were given complimentary tickets to view the show, all thoughts and opinions are my own.