Pan­tomo­nium time at the­atre

Re­view spe­cial on the an­nual fes­tive pro­duc­tions

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Ruther­glen Town Hall

Packed full of glit­ter, glam and gig­gles ga­lore, Sleep­ing Beauty at Ruther­glen Town Hall is panto per­fec­tion.

The Sleep­ing Beauty theme is brought to life by a tremen­dous troupe of cast led by the enig­matic and ut­terly fab­u­lous Ed­ward Reid as good Fairy Lov­abelle.

From the mo­ment he walks on stage in his high heels, big wigs and eye-pop­ping cos­tumes, Ed­ward has the au­di­ence in the palm of his hands.

Not only can he really hit the high notes with show-stop­ping tunes, his comic tim­ing is spot-on. He’s fast be­com­ing the Grand­mas­ter (or should that be mis­tress?) of panto Dames.

Along with side­kicks Fairy Sen­si­belle and Jester Mud­dles, Fairy Lov­abelle is tasked with de­feat­ing the wicked Fairy Hor­rend­abelle who has cast a spell on the beau­ti­ful Princess Aurora.

But no panto would be com­plete with­out a dash­ing prince and this pro­duc­tion of­fers up Prince Bravo who oozes charm and smarm in equal doses and had the au­di­ence in hys­ter­ics.

A Jake Gyl­len­haal looka­like, Ruther­glen’s panto prince brought hu­mour to the role which is all-toooften so sickly sweet it’s in­di­ges­tionin­duc­ing.

This is Ed­ward Reid’s sec­ond year at Ruther­glen Town Hall’s panto which, once again, has shared the magic with Mother­well Town Hall to pro­duce a panto which eas­ily gives the big city hit­ters a run for their money.

Year af­ter year, Ruther­glen Town Hall’s panto ex­ceeds expectations. If you’ve not been for a while, I rec­om­mend you try stay­ing lo­cal next time. You won’t re­gret it.

Sleep­ing Beauty is a tri­umph for Ruther­glen Town Hall, ter­rific value for money and fam­ily friendly from start to fin­ish. Lov­abelle..and then some! Five stars Run ends to­day, De­cem­ber 23

Wicked The vil­lain­ess in Sleep­ing Beauty is up to no good

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