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Review: Robin Hood pantomime in Beccles has our reviewer crying with laughter

PUBLISHED: 10:22 24 December 2017 | UPDATED: 14:29 24 December 2017

Robin Hood pantomime at Beccles Public Hall. Picture: Alan Lyall

Robin Hood pantomime at Beccles Public Hall. Picture: Alan Lyall

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It’s not often that something makes me cry with laughter.

Robin Hood pantomime at Beccles Public Hall. Picture: Alan Lyall Robin Hood pantomime at Beccles Public Hall. Picture: Alan Lyall

But Robin Hood, currently on stage at Beccles Public Hall for a 12 performance run, did exactly that – from the moment it began.

The show has everything you would expect from a traditional pantomime, the hero, the enemy, the comedic dame and the love story.

From the stunning scenery, special effects, live singing and hilarious script, it’s a rip roaring ride from start to finish.

The storyline sees the Sheriff of Nottingham organise an archery competition to draw out the illusive Robin Hood, leading to the imprisonment of Maid Marian, whose heart is with our protagonist.

Robin Hood pantomime at Beccles Public Hall. Picture: Alan Lyall Robin Hood pantomime at Beccles Public Hall. Picture: Alan Lyall

There’s gags aplenty involving a tin of nuts, smelly socks and overzealous Christmas present sharing.

And the cast give every scene their all.

The terrific trio, (as I’ve decided to call them) comprising Daniel Hanton as Nurse Nellie, Thom Bailey as Friar Tuck and Ross Chenery as Will Scarlett, were comedy gold.

From Tuck’s accidental ‘fall’ during an audience-led rendition of the song Robin Hood, to the 12 Days of Christmas, their timing was impeccable.

All three are seasoned professionals and commanded the stage with amazing natural talent.

Rebecca Jillings as Robin Hood led her merry men in true heroic style and has a powerhouse voice to boot, while Laura Watling, who made her debut with Spark Live Pantomimes, left a lasting impression with her vocal and acting performance.

Helen Harper has a great poetic presence as the Enchantress of the Forest, while the 12 young dancers, who are spilt in half and alternate for each show, graced the stage with true professionalism.

Christian Manderfield as the Sheriff of Nottingham plays the role with intent and a cheeky glint in his eye.

With uplifting songs such as Walking on Sunshine and Hold My Hand - what’s not to love about it?

It’s hard to single out any particular scene, but look out for Will’s hilarious reaction when Nellie scolds him through the medium of song titles.

And if you are in the front few rows, there may be a change in weather……

Robin Hood is a triumph for Spark Live Pantomimes and a triumph for Beccles.

If you haven’t booked, call the box office now. In my daughter’s words, it’s awesome.

Robin Hood runs until January 1. Tickets are £10 for children, £12 for adults, £11 for concessions or £40 for a family of four.

They are on sale at Beccles Public Hall box office. Call 01502 770060 or visit www.becclespublichall.org.uk

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