Mumbler Reviews: Sleeping Beauty Panto at Norwich Theatre Royal
Well, if you can believe it, it’s that time of year already…PANTO!
Norwich Theatre’s panto is Sleeping Beauty this year and I have to be honest, I think this is my favourite one yet.
Joe Tracini is back and not only is he one of the stars of the performance, he wrote it, too! He is clearly a big hit with audiences loving his honest and funny, breath of fresh air panto style. In the past two years performances, Joe has written and sung a heart-warming performance on the ukulele, but this year he had written a beautiful poem. These little touches are starting to really make the Norwich panto stand out as a winner!
Last year, what really blew me away this year was the set and whilst the set was still amazing this year (the dragon…WOW!), what I noticed most of all this year was the amazing cast. I don’t just mean the main places, but the supporting cast; them, the dancers, the costumes etc…all seemed to shine this year in particular. It was a joy to watch and for my middle Mumbler, this was her first panto experience – I absolutely loved watching her face take it all in!
If you’ve never been, I’d say this year’s performance is a cracker to start with!
I always do a Q&A on Mumbler Instagram stories when going to somewhere like this, so I can answer as many parent questions as possible. Here are the main ones:
What is the running time?
The performance started at 7.30pm and we were out at 10pm. There’s a 15 minute interval after about an hour.
What ages is it suitable for?
There aren’t really any hugely scary elements, but because it is fairly long I wouldn’t say it is suitable for really little ones. My 3-year-old would not be able to sit through it (even my 6-year-old would struggle), but if you have little ones that are pretty good at sitting through longer films etc then they might be ok. You know your Mini Mumblers best!
Are there any loud bangs or flashing lights? Yes, there are loud cracks and flashes, which might not be suitable for some. Remember they have access performances as follows:
I always worry when I write a review because they are obviously very subjective and what if I love something and someone else thinks it’s rubbish??? So it’s always reassuring to get messages from parents on Mumbler social after I’ve posted to tell me that they agree with what I’ve said! One Mumbler family went after us and said ‘It was so good! Absolutely loved it! Totally enjoyed it more than the kids’ – and I’ve heard lots of similar reviews from fellow Mumblers, so it isn’t just us who give it a big thumbs up!
My Mini Mumbler (9) gives it 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 and said, ‘It was AWESOME!’
*We were invited with press tickets, but we always only ever give our honest review – ohhhh, yes we do!*