Royal & Derngate, Northampton
Until Sunday January 6
Box office; 01604 624811
Review by Ginny Hunter
Bobby Davro took to the stage on Sunday as the lovable Buttons - with a husky voice and a chesty cough - but he still managed to make the audience laugh.
I truly felt for him as he really did struggle to sing and the thought of him performing feeling unwell made the audience appreciate his efforts all the more.
We were not disappointed throughout the show; the Royal & Derngate had yet again excelled in delivering a wonderful pantomime for the whole family. Denise Welch, from Loose Women, starred as the Fairy Godmother and there was even a cameo appearance from her young son Louis Healy as the Footman.
As soon as the curtain lifted we were entertained with a wonderful ensemble of dancing, singing, fabulous costumes, wonderful staging and a brilliant cast.
Mixed in was the usual comedic timing of the ugly sisters and Davro’s ability to ad lib throughout. The fact that his voice was nearly gone didn’t stop him from using that as a way to get a few extra laughs.
Scene after scene, we were delighted with something that captures the audience and let us escape from reality for a couple of hours and enter the fairytale land that is panto!