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"J.J. Henry was highlight and absolutely hilarious" *****

08/12/2016


Christmas time is upon us again and to get us in the mood, it's Panto time at the Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury. Oh no it isn't! Oh, yes, it is!

2016's festive treat is Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood. Robin Hood (Matt Beveridge) and Maid Marion (Rachael Henley) had great chemistry and beautiful vocals as they performed a variety of wonderful songs.

Completing their band of merry men were Friar Tuck (Ben Eagle) and Little Joan (Charlotte Chalkey) who provided great comedic support.

There was singing, dancing, jokes, and great audience participation including some rather large boulders. The pantomime at The Roses just keeps improving every year and this year being no exception. This year's performance was the 'baddies panto'. Jeffrey Harmer stole the show with his villainous Sheriff of Nottingham. Harmer looked like he enjoyed every single boo and hiss he received from the audience. Harmer worked a great double act alongside the simple and very funny Dennis (Michael Watson- Gray).

Every panto needs a dame, J.J Henry starred as the larger-than-life and fabulous Winnie Widebottom. Winnie by name and Widebottom . . . well as her other name.

The highlight for me was her wonderful striptease which had me crying with laughter. Absolutely hilarious.