Robin Hood, Little Theatre, Dover Street
September 9th –Saturday 14th
Review by Lynette Watson
Pantoland has arrived in Leicester, oh yes it has, and once again the ever reliable Little Theatre provides the perfect gift of a dazzling Christmas cracker of their fun filled traditional pantomime for all the family, this year being an inventive slant on the timeless tale of Robin Hood written by the multi talented John Bale, who also directs along with Keiran Whelan-Newby, that sees Robin Hood trying to stop the Sheriff of Nottingham raising the peoples taxes and saving Sherwood forest from the evil Poisoned Ivy.
Every pantomime is held together by a narrator so cue Eco Warrior who battles with ‘baddie’ Poisoned Ivy throughout and their musical duets were sensational. Before Robin and his depleted just three Merry Men appeared ,Much the Miller’s son fired up the children with the usual banter who really didn’t need firing up judging by the ear splitting shouting and cheering plus a raised decibel level with their booing! Panto wouldn’t be panto without the customary Dame so enter John Bale as Milly Muffin and he once again revelled in delivering the cornier than thou jokes with the risqué asides that keep the adults happy including Dave on the front row! Clad in outlandish costumes, he owned the stage especially in an absolutely mesmerising glittering dance silver and purple sequence, a definite highlight that received deserved applause. Vocally perfect, Nicole Collins and Tim Stokes complemented each other as Marian and Robin with Stephen Moore suitably nasty as the Sheriff of Nottingham but on occasion veered into a slightly comedic character which highlighted the wickedness of Poisoned Ivy superbly played by Siobhan Moore whose vocals were off the scale. This creative, dynamic and glittering show mixes all the usual panto ingredients with short energetic sequences, terrible jokes, slap stick and audience participation ensuring that The Little Theatre is the place to visit for a fantastic festive family treat.