REVIEW: Singing stars offer traditional pantomime at its best

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Beauty and the Beast, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne

One of the stars of this year’s pantomime at Eastbourne Tucker said to me after the show: “We are lucky to have Chris Jordan.”

He has never said a truer word.

Every year Eastbourne Theatres’ artistic director writes and directs a show that is bigger and better than the previous year and Beauty and the Beast is no exception.

He always puts together a cast of the most talented performers around rather than focusing on one single TV star and it pays off.

Emily Bull, who played Cosette in Les Miserables, is a feisty Beauty with a beautiful voice and her Prince/The Beast is played by Adam McNab who also has a magnificent voice.

Hollyoaks star Carley Stenson is great casting as the wicked Malevolent while Ellie Lear is her good counterpart Fairy Formidable.

Beauty’s father David Alder also has a great voice and the songs in the show are all popular so you can clap along from the beginning.

I make no apology for saying the stars of this year’s pantomime for me were the greatest dame of them all Martyn Knight and his sidekick Potty Pierre played by Tucker. I shall never forget the sight of Dame Derriere dancing the can can.

Shelley Calridge has come up again with some beautiful costumes and there are some great sets. Pantomime is often the first theatre children ever see and judging by the enjoyment of the children at Devonshire Park Theatre it won’t be the last.

This is traditional pantomime at its best ,long may it continue.