REVIEW: Sword in the Stone - Ipswich

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A fairytale set bristling with rock instruments shows it is Ipswich panto time again.

Soon, Merlin (Sean Kingsley) is popping up out of a trapdoor to lead a rock song.

Not knowing most of the numbers, I imagine they are very modern.

Lucy Wells’ loveable Guinevere, Sandy Grigelis’ Arthur, Georgina White’s sexily evil Morgana Le Fay and Steve Simmonds’ Mordred all sing as well as anyone on Saturday night TV.

Panto tradition is not neglected, with a Dame (Graham Kent), like a garishly dressed guardsman.

As ever, she has her particulars taken down.

A hapless audience member is commandeered, the rest join in with enthusiasm and are on their feet for the finale.

The original legend is not entirely lost, with the sword and stone moment still having the power of great myth.

The show, written and directed by Peter Rowe, runs until the end of January.

BASIL ABBOTT