Rapunzel is this year’s Hertford Theatre Panto and it’s a sing-along-tastic show with fabulous performances, snow and ice, live music, an enormous parsnip and the best squirrel in pantoland! Once again Hertford Theatre have brought together a toe-tapping score, a talented cast, laughter and pantomime fun.
We were invited to go along to the gala performance of Rapunzel at the weekend. The scene is set in the Black Forest and the village of Bad Battenberg, the home of the great story-teller Willy Grimm (brace for the inevitable ‘willy’ jokes). The Bad Battenberg Festival Of Stories is shattered when reality meets fairytale… the wicked Gothel suddenly appears and takes a new baby from one of the villagers. The enchanted village becomes the setting for the story of Rapunzel and Gothel takes control of the narrative until Rapunzel can get her hands on the story book and find her own happily-ever-after.
The first half is filled with popular show-tunes and I defy audiences not to fall in love with the hip-hop lovin’ Hazel the squirrel, an adorable rodent who channels James Corden’s ‘Smithy’ from Gavin & Stacey, whilst bustin’ moves in the Black Forest.
After the interval listen out for musical hits from Little Mix, Soft Cell, The Who and The Proclaimers as the action rolls onwards and upwards, to Rapunzel’s Tower. This story of stories has all the energy and ingredients of a great family pantomime, although there were some tangles in this tale: why Gothel suddenly chooses to steal away with a baby from the village isn’t clear; and how does Rapunzel remember that a squirrel gave her an acorn necklace when she was just a tiny babe, yet she doesn’t remember Gothel snatching her from her own mother’s embrace? Despite some knots in the hairy tale there’s absolutely no shortage of fun in this production, there are plenty of opportunities to shout-out, sing-along and join in… my ears are still ringing from the rows and rows of excited children (and adults *cough*) yelling “She’s behind you,” after being pelted with battenberg and squirty cream (watch that squirrel, he’s got a mighty over-arm).
Rapunzel was a great start to our Christmas festivities and the whole family, from 2 to 65 years old, left the theatre feeling fabulously festive. Rapunzel at the Hertford Theatre runs until Monday 1st January 2017, there are some tickets left but you need to be quick! Visit http://www.hertfordtheatre.com for more information.
I have one family ticket for Rapunzel at the Hertford Theatre to give away!
The family ticket comprises of 4 tickets (must include at least one adult) for Rapunzel on Saturday 16th December 2017 at 5pm. No alternatives are available. Only enter if you will be able to attend the performance on Saturday 16th December 2017 at 5pm.
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