American Strickly Come Dancing star Brian Fortuna steps into the role of The Boy Who Never Grew Up in the latest in a long line of critically acclaimed Theatre Royal Pantomimes.
Don’t miss this all-out entertainment show this year with the former Strictly Brian flying high in the roll of Peter. When he moves, he moves and the audience knows it!
His Latin dance number certainly gets the fans screaming, along with his catchy hip moving, hand clapping songs. But, says Brian, “working with the children in the pantomime is really awesome” “They’re so enthusiastic and excited” and this definitely comes over in the show from both stage and audience.
All this panto excitement shows in the festive feistiness, with brilliant audience participation; and if you want aerial acrobatics then Brian will give it, you have it in full.
Fun, laughter, classic gags, with a ‘cake of the day’joke ‘Nigella’ style, there are even Saatchi jokes thrown in for good measure. With a touch of slapstick comedy from the band of pirates and the magic of Tinkerbell, it all adds to the ingredients of an good night out for all the family.
Helping out with the not to be missed production are, the old St Helens favourites bringing this much loved classic fairy-tale to life. Master of Illusions Richard De Vere had me falling about with laughter last year with his antics and as the infamous Captain Hook, he hasn’t lost his touch especially with the ’12 Days of Christmas’ St Helens style.
Nick Cochrane, as Smee still has voice and actress Leah Murphy as Wendy along with Radio City’s Claire Simmo as Tinkerbell add a superb touch of glamour to the whole performance.
Take yourself and family on a magical journey down the East Lancs to St Helens where dreams are born, and time is never planned.
Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings, to Peter Pan, St Helens Theatre Royal from December 6 to January 12.
Tel 01744 756 000
If you are not getting that Christmas feeling yet and if you feel you need a real good laugh and switch off from the commercial treadmill leading up to Christmas, then why not try one of the great pantos in this wonderful city. Choices are huge from the rock and roll Alladin at the Playhouse to the small and very intimate Little Red Riding Hood at the Actors Studio.
This is a Liverpool tale of Red, the ambitious Liverpool grade A student with the embarrasing ex 80s ‘club singer’ mum, her new age hippy healer grandmother and Wilf, the ‘not bad’ wolf. I cannot say if it was the cast that had me laughing the loudest or the little boy in front of me that jumped onto his grandad’s knee everytime Wilf came on. The panto old familiar line ‘where is he’, had him shouting, ’he is behind you’ and ‘he is lying’ with great conviction as the wolf scared the life out of him. The small theatre gave the audience a sense of belonging and at times ‘in the show’. There was no room to hide as the dancing concluded the happy ending when Wilf became the good…………. I cannot divulge the ending you will have to go and find out for yourself.
It was great to see that the children were just like we were, excited, frightened of the baddies, laughing at the silly jokes and together with their families and friends, enjoying a real life theatre experience.
This show is on until the 21st December, visit www.theliverpoolactorsstudio.com for further details.
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This is a terrific film and a must go see this Christmas.
The ground breaking technology behind Disney’s ‘Frozen’ has helped to create one of the most visually stunning animated films of the modern era. We thoroughly enjoyed it and you will too….guaranteed.
Released today, Walt Disney Animation Studios will be serving up another slice of family fun just in time for Christmas, as its cool new comedy adventure hits the big screen and gets a full, well deserved five star rating.
This latest Disney animated film, is a fantasy musical loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Snow Queen’.
Frozen follows Anna as she sets off on an epic journey with mountain man Kristoff and his reindeer Sven in an attempt to find her sister Elsa, whose powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. As they battle the elements, the trio come across hilarious snowman Olaf and mystical trolls…………
It’s a beautiful tale, stunningly told, with Idina Menzels voice -described as a powerhouse by critics-used to startling effect particularly when she sings the film’s showstopping number ‘Let It Go’.
The clever thing about this film is that, at different times in our lives we find ourselves either more connected to or disconnected from the people in our family; and I think at this time of year, audiences will really be able to relate to that, with the message in the film.
Showing at all leading cinema venues this Christmas and New Year.
The film can also be viewed in 3D (PG).