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REVIEW – Mother Goose, King’s Theatre

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We had a gander at Mother Goose

The stars of Mother Goose

“That was soooooooooo good!” our young reviewer declared as she sashayed out of the theatre this evening.

Yes, it’s that time of year again (oh yes it is) and the staple in our Christmas calendar that is a visit to the family-friendly pantomime at the King’s Theatre, where this year’s production is Mother Goose.

Paul Elliott has co-written this year’s show with panto veteran Allan Stewart, who also stars and excels in the role of Mother Goose herself. Andy Gray takes on the role of Elvis McSporran and Grant Stott completes the main line-up as Demon Vanity – a very camp baddie.

This production is a vibrant, slick and fast-moving show. With the strong ensemble company clearly enjoying themselves, it’s a recipe for a very good pantomime.

But it’s the hilarious on-stage chemistry and comic timing between the greatest dame we’ve ever seen on stage and her butler McSporran that keeps the audience hooked from start to finish.

In certain scenes, where lines are forgotten and shirts accidentally ripped, the ad-libbing proves popular with the crowd – no two performances at the King’s are ever the same.

Several Edinburgh references are included throughout the show, including an energetic performance from a special well-known pair from Edinburgh Zoo.

One of the final songs Be Careful What you Wish For struck a chord with our young critic and it was beautifully sung. It brought the whole theme of Mother Goose together – that good always triumphs over evil.

For a brief moment at the end of the performance, our young reviewer thought they weren’t going to include the annual rendition of Status Quo’s Rockin’ All Over The World. It was her 7th year in a row at the pantomime and she was waiting for her moment to sing and dance along. She needn’t have worried: it’s a Kings Theatre panto tradition that isn’t going anywhere.

The audience danced out of the theatre after this charming and enjoyable show which was truly eggs-cellent (sorry, we couldn’t let a review of Mother Goose pass without at least one egg-based pun…)

Mother Goose runs at the King’s Theatre until 20th January 2013. Times vary – more details are on the Ed Theatres website.


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