Sleeping Beauty Pantomime at Porthcawl Pavilion

A Review of Sleeping Beauty Pantomime at Porthcawl Pavilion

We were invited along to the Sleeping Beauty Pantomime at Porthcawl Pavilion.  The Pantomime will be showing until the 6th January 2019.  So there is plenty of time left to grab yourself a family ticket.

Apart from seeing Milk Shake Live earlier this year, I hadn’t been to the Pavilion to see anything else.  When it comes to going to the Pantomime, I have generally headed back to my home town of Swansea or have occasionally seen one at the New Theatre in Cardiff.  As the Pavilion is a smaller theatre, I wasn’t really sure of what to expect.  But I did question whether it would be able to compete with the bigger productions that I had previously seen.  In short it did!

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As it didn’t have well known stars, or the big sets that the larger theatres have, I think they had to work that much harder.  As a result there was double the amount of audience participation, double the amount of corny cheesy pantomime humour and the whole show was full of fun from start to finish.

The story was of Sleeping Beauty, although this didn’t really seem to make up much of the plot.  There was of course the fairy godmother (Cerys Nelmes), the sleeping beauty (Trixie Waggott) the king (Albert Herbert), a dashing prince (Jack Malin) and the bad witch (Laura Mansell).  All wonderfully played.  A particular shout out however to the villain witch, who was just fabulous in her role as Carabosse.

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Then of course there was the Pantomime Dame (Vern Griffiths) who was brilliant.  So too was his jovial side kick Harri Hapus (Kyle Tovey).  These two played off each other really well and added most of the humour to the show.  Their alternative 12 days of Christmas rendition was hilarious.

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The kids also really enjoyed throwing rocks (made out of sponge) to defeat the dragon, the ghost scene (he’s behind you) and the water being squirted out at the audience.  The musical score was good too, lots from the Greatest Showman where everyone was encouraged to sing along and some old classics too.

There was plenty of pantomime fun to keep everyone from child to grandparent happy.  There’s not often that you can sit together across all the generations and enjoy the same show.  But that is exactly what the Pantomime at Porthcawl delivered.

In short, the Sleeping Beauty pantomime at Porthcawl Pavilion is a laugh a minute show which is full of all the pantomime fun you would wish for!

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Additional Information:

The Sleeping Beauty Pantomime is showing at the Grand Pavilion until the 6th January.  To book tickets visit the website HERE.  Tickets from £15.00 – £18.50


Disclosure – We were invited along as a family to see the Pantomime in exchange for an honest review.



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