Gareth Gates is Robin Hood
Pantomimes are no longer just at Christmas. I went to see Gareth Gates as Robin Hood in an Easter pantomime. Read on to find out more.
Gareth Gates is Robin Hood
No longer are pantomimes just at Christmas, we now have Easter pantomimes, and what a good idea when the children are on holiday, nobody can be sure of reliable weather in April. But having said that ,it was a beautiful day on Sunday when we drove to Clacton to see Robin Hood.
The Princes Theatre is an elegant building with plenty of space in the auditorium, and it was full to bursting with excited children, parents and grandparents. Pantomimes are a great way for them to let off steam by being involved, and the adults are not forgotten with some of the jokes which are harmless, but have double meanings.
The Sheriff of Nottingham
I have always liked Graham Cole OBE, his most noted fame was in THE BILL, but he has been in many productions over the years, including DOCTOR WHO and LAW AND ORDER UK. He has also been in films. He was perfectly cast as the arrogant bullying Sheriff, but for the twinkle in his eye. In some of the scenes with Dame Dolly, he found it really hard to contain his mirth, as we all did, as this is a very funny pantomime.
Maid Marian was played by Eva McKenna, very feminine with a winsome way about her, and well matched with Robin Hood. I really enjoyed Keeley Fitzgerald's portrayal of Fairy Cher, she made her an amusing and feisty character, and her talent really shone through.
Every pantomime has to have a man dressed as a woman, and Phylip Harries really did his part justice as Dame Dolly. He was loud and in your face, with outrageously big boobs, and a big character in every way. He had the audience in fits, especially in some of the scenes with Graham Cole.
Will has become Wally Scarlett, and in fact, this pantomime does not contain much of the original story, but it doesn't matter. They kept us all entertained with some very amusing scenes, and he was also a great character. Played very enthusiastically by Ryan Greaves, he made sure the audience was participating, and later in the show, had two children up on stage to sing with him. That must have been the highlight of their experience of panto.
There was also a very funny scene where he was trying to make a cake, and later in the show, along with other members, he went amongst the audience with a water pistol. I had to duck several times to make sure I didn't get splashed, but it was all in good fun.
Gareth Gates, of former Pop Idol fame, played Robin Hood. He cut a dashing figure when dressed in lincoln green, and as always, there was a loud cheer when he came on. He sang 3 songs, and got much applause, and there was a really funny scene with Wally and Maid Marian, when he was trying to sing , UNCHAINED MELODY, sitting on a wall, and they both kept tipping each other off to win the lady's hand.
Gareth is also a great comic actor, he has learned perfect timing, which is so important, and his Bradford accent had been replaced by an aristocratic one, probably because in most pantomimes he plays a Prince, but it seemed just right as well on this occasion.
The junior dancers in white were a delight, young talented girls who will surely be stars in the future. There were proud parents that night.
It was a fun filled evening, with a great deal of laughs, and we came away feeling we had truly been entertained. Robin Hood moved on to St Albans today, and then up north, so if you are lucky enough to find any tickets left, you can book for yourself. I can thoroughly recommend it.
My thanks to Wikipedia for the images and Youtube for the video