Panto at Marlowe Theatre
in Canterbury is always a pure crowd-pleaser but this year’s offering might just trump the lot.
If we had any initial reservations about the lesser known story of Mother Goose, this soon went right out the window (actually it makes a brilliant change from Sleeping Beauty or Cinderella after all).
Like all good pantos you are swiftly absorbed by the high jinks on stage. Marlowe’s infamous dame, Ben Roddy (pictured below), stars as the titular role of Mother Goose and is celebrating his 10th year at the theatre as well as Chris Wong, who has been conducting at the Marlowe for the past 25 years.
Roddy yet again delivers a raucous performance which has the children in stitches, as well as the parents, who we all know have been secretly looking forward to the show as much as their offspring.
There will be strictly no spoilers here but you can also expect Dr Ranj (pictured below) who CBeebies (and Strictly) fans will be happy to see as well the running gags that never seem to tire and get your children up off their seat, screaming until their eyes start to bulge – ‘He’s BEHIND you’, as well as some recognizable tunes for them to sing along to so it’s not always a shouting match.
For those who live in close vicinity of Canterbury, you may also be snorting at the constant digs and gags at the expense of the Isle of Sheppey, Dartford and Chatham. Nothing like some light-hearted joshing between your neighbouring towns…
It is a first-class production and the general staging, production and costumes are incredible, with a hugely impressive set piece at the start of second act (my lips are sealed) so it is a real spectacle that would entertain anybody, from the four year old right through to the grandparents as a fun-filled family outing.
Don’t be worried about any scary moments for the little ones but be prepared (and scared) of getting a little bit soaked if you are in the stalls so that theme park poncho in the back of the cupboard may just come in handy again.
It comes as no surprise that Panto tickets at Marlowe start to go on sale in December every year for the NEXT year’s performance, which will be Jack and the Beanstalk
, due to its reputation and popularity as one of the top panto productions in Kent so grab tickets now for Mother Goose (if you can) and definitely look ahead for next year, NOW.