Treat as Christmas comes
Beauty and the Beast at Ipswich New Wolsey until January 26.IT'S a sure sign that Christmas is coming when the Rock and Roll pantomime opens at the New Wolsey - and this year the company is giving us a real treat.
Beauty and the Beast at Ipswich New Wolsey until January 26.
IT'S a sure sign that Christmas is coming when the Rock and Roll pantomime opens at the New Wolsey - and this year the company is giving us a real treat.
Beauty and the Beast is a traditional panto tale, but once again this production gives it a unique Ipswich twist.
All the actors are also talented musicians. They all play a mixture of instruments from guitars to drums to saxophones and trumpets.
And the various elements come together to bring a splendid evening's entertainment to the stage.
Sarah Mahony and Matthew Quinn are superb in the title roles, bringing glamour and real energy to their roles.
- 1 Firefighters tackling fire near popular Suffolk hotel and spa
- 2 Tributes paid to Ipswich man who could 'make magic happen'
- 3 Popular family-run butchers announces closure
- 4 Investigations ongoing into 'inter-gang disputes' in town
- 6 Search for missing man who planned 70-mile walk home still ongoing
- 7 Two teenagers charged after man injured in machete attack
- 8 'Risk of injury' - Aldi recalls product due to safety fears
- 9 Meeting to discuss traffic calming measures after community concerns
- 10 Convicted murderer released on temporary license arrested in Ipswich
They get superb support from the rest of the cast, especially Justin Brett as the obligatory dame Bessie Bigbreaths (although I did have to check her name in the programme at the interval).
All the other characters bring their own sense of humour to the show which is, in its jokes if not in the music, very traditional.
Some of the jokes might be considered near the knuckle, but most of these will go right over the heads of younger members of the audience while giving something for their parents to titter at!
Overall the balance is just about perfect - it is a truly wonderful evening's entertainment.
And best of all, this year's rock and roll panto is very different from last year's offering - there certainly is not the feeling that you have seen it before.
Now the panto has opened at the New Wolsey there is a real feeling that the Christmas season has started - and everyone left the theatre with a broad smile on their face.
This is the perfect antidote to the wintertime blues.