Sleeping Beauty – Regent Theatre Stoke

It just wouldn’t be Christmas without some festive theatre and the Regent Theatre, Stoke has developed quite the reputation for a very high quality panto. We wrote last year that this pantomime is an unlikely contender for the UK’s best panto, and this year is no different.
A key to this success is without doubt the consistency of the team that make it happen. Stoke once again welcomes back Jonathan Wilkes and Christian Patterson for another year of outrageous pantomime jokes. Knowing their local audience and area so well is clearly a key to their success, but these guys know panto – and they deliver it.
The production is bursting with jokes for kids and adults, in fact there was plenty to keep the adults entertained in a show that genuinely has something for everyone. Sleeping Beauty is the story that the panto is based around, but this is not a serious presentation of it. The title provides our characters and our love story, but it is more a base in which to build the panto from as the cast have fun in all of their hilarious scenarios all the way through.
Wilkes, one of the areas most well known theatre performers, has great stage presence and confidently takes the audience along for the ride, supported by one of the best panto Dames in the business – Christian Patterson.
Patterson is phenomenal and has the audience in stitches from start to finish. Incredible outfits, changing in every scene perfectly compliment his larger than life personality – you will cry with laughter and it’s his fault!
Kai Owen returns as the flamboyant King Cyril, forming a hilarious secondary love story with Delme Thomas as Chi-Chi. Vivien Parry (Carabosse) and Naomi Slights (Princess) complete the lead cast, all of whom are of an excellent standard. They are supported by 8 exceptional chorus members who perform to a very high standard and even a few local stars of the future in some of the larger scenes.
The set is magnificent, no expense has been spared here on set or costume. You will be wowed by the sheer quality and scale of this production in a venue that really, really suits panto.
Without ruining any surprises, we can assure you of some light (and brilliant) audience involvement, including one or two aspects that this audience has come to love and expect every year. This dazzling panto has it all. It has something for everyone. Families throughout the audience were laughing out loud throughout.
Is this the best panto in all the land? We think it could well be.
This show is only on until Saturday 5th January, so catch it over Christmas if you can. To book tickets click here.

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Rob Stanway is the Founder of At The Theatre. He has reviewed the UK's best touring theatre (and much of the west end) for this website since 2005.

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