Review: Beauty and the Beast, New Wolsey

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You can be sure that the New Wolsey always puts on fantastic pantomimes every year. Whilst they’ve stuck to their tried and tested ‘rock ‘n’ roll’ format, there are certainly plenty of nice tweaks that make it full of fresh ideas.

The show is more than the script, treading the fine line between a fairy tale sprinkled liberally with slapstick and occasionally near the knuckle humour, with the casting being key to its success. The cast works brilliantly and the warmth and humour spilling from the stage is utterly infectious. Dan de Cruz and Lucy Wells are great as the titular couple and Matt Jopling, Ben Goffe and Adam Langstaff provide superb comic relief.

The role of Dame is always central to a pantomime and Eamonn Fleming brings a touch of the Northern Club Comic to his portrayal and it’s one refreshing little change made this year. Some of the material still needs a little finesse but you certainly can’t fault his performance.

Packed with superb casts, great scripts and a brilliant choice of songs, it’s no wonder that the New Wolsey panto is a sell-out year after year.

PAUL MONKHOUSE