On Saturday we visited Basingtoke and took the boys to see the pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Anvil.
“Oh no you didn’t!”
“Oh yes we did!”
We have been taking the boys to the pantomime for a number of years now. Finding a pantomime with the correct balance of adult humour whilst being suitable for the children can be hard to get right. I think this show did a good job. There weren’t too many crude jokes and the innuendos went straight over the children’s heads. There was slapstick, singing, dancing and topical jokes. All in all a good mix to keep both adults and children entertained.
For me, the star of the show was Sue Holderness. (Marleene from Only Fools and Horses.) She plays the wicked fairy Carabosse who curses Sleeping Beauty. Her costume is amazing and acting is effortless.
The good fairy is played by Sarah Jane Buckley who has a great voice. The lovely Katrina Bryan (from Nina and the Neurons) is Sleeping Beauty.
Of course you can’t have a pantomime without a Dame paired with a lovable sidekick. The sidekick in this case was called “Silly Billy.” I loved watching little man chuckle when a recipe resulted in lots of flour in the face of Billy and water guns at the audience.
The music was varied and I loved the scene which was performed around the Queen classic “Somebody to Love.” I now feel I need to educate my boys in their music. It also turns out that they need to educate me. At the end of the show when children are bought up on stage, Billy got them singing the Pen Pineapple Apple Pen song. I was shocked that big man knew the words as I thought it was made up! Yes I came home and Googled it! Now I am middle aged, I am clearly out of touch!
Another thing I really liked about this pantomime was that there weren’t really any references as to who the stars were. All I remember is one quick reference to Only Fools and Horses at the end. I thought this was good. I have been to pantomimes before that don’t seem to stop harping on about the shows that the stars have come from. This way the show just spoke for itself.
I also liked that there were topical jokes included. A Honey G style rap, a mention of Trump and of course if you were from Basingstoke, there were jokes about the different areas.
At the end of the show, Silly Billy came into the foyer for photographs.
Sleeping Beauty at The Anvil runs until 2nd January and you can book your tickets here.
We received tickets for the show as part of a press trip to see what Basingstoke has to offer at Christmas.