Pantomonium time at theatre
Review special on the annual festive productions
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