REVIEW: Wicked time had by all at Barrow's festive panto

The official opening night of Barrow’s Christmas panto went down a storm and kicked off the festive season a treat.

Families packed into The Forum hoping to see a panto extravaganza and they were not left disappointed.

For me Dame Dolly and her sidekick Muggles stole the show with a mix of of humour, slapstick and some amazing costume changes that wowed the crowds.

My favourite has to be the full afternoon tea table, full of pots and food with topped with a teapot hat.

The very funny Steve Boyce -  fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe - plays Dame Dolly and top stage and TV  entertainer Rich Roberts, of Sooty fame and ITV’s Little Be. is an excellent Muggles who the children loved.

Brian - a dad in the audience - may not have been as keen as he was picked by Dame Dolly as her boyfriend and probably had more participation in the show than he had anticipated but he took it with good humour and I assume there will be a ne “Brian” nightly so you’ve been warned front row!

In true panto style Snow White was joined by her seven little friends in the enchanted forest as they attempt to defeat the evil Wicked Queen who is overcome with jealousy when her magic mirror declares that Snow White is the fairest in all the land. Will Snow White meet her handsome Prince and live happily ever after?

You’ll have to pop along and find out!

Snow White, is played effortlessly by the very lovely and talented Jessica Fay, kicked off with a burst of colour, song and comedy on a dreary Thursday night and children and adults alike joined in with the singing and dancing.

They booed the evil queen who took to the stage boasting about being the most beautiful woman in the kingdom to boos and hisses from the youngsters well versed in spotting the panto villain as she slated the looks of the Barrow mums!

A few local places were mentioned during the performance including Walney Island, Hollywood Park and Furness Academy.
Fresh from the New York stage our very own Barrow-born and educated Emily Redhead returned to the Barrow stage as The Fairy this year after her great performance at Cinderella in 2017.

Her Godfather was local theatre impresario David Marcus would have been proud of her performance as she lit up the stage as Snow White’s protector from the evil queen and the matchmaker.

The handsome Prince is played by the brilliant  Aleksandar Mileunsnic who first appeared on our screens in Britain's Got Talent earlier this year where his swing, jazz and big band saw him fly through to the live semi finals as one of Simon Cowell’s favourites.

The show is a fantastic day out for all ages with jokes for mum and dad and the youngsters. It’s well worth heading to over the Christmas period and you won’t be disappointed.

If you don't come out of The Forum with a big smile on your face feeling very festive then “Bah Humbug!“

Some tickets are still on sale so head to to find out more, pop into The Forum on Duke Street or call 01229 820000

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