The Astonishing Adventures of Pinocchio is truly the best Hertford Theatre Panto we’ve ever seen! The creative team behind this year’s show have taken just a couple of powerful songs from the hit movie The Greatest Showman and expertly blended them into the story of a wooden misfit and we LOVED it! Pinocchio is a peculiar outsider with a nose for trouble, a boy made of wood who’s searching for a way to break free… but will he come alive?
We were invited to the gala performance of The Astonishing Adventures of Pinocchio at the weekend. This uplifting and energetic show launches straight into a spectacular carnival of characters and the action never stops (well… except for ice creams). We are huge fans of the The Greatest Showman, so when the instantly recognisable music came pulsing from the stage, I watched my 3 year old and 7 year old’s eyes widen in joyous wonder. From that first moment, we were all hooked.
In this parable of a pine-made person you can expect outstanding vocal performances from all the members of the cast, live music, colourful costumes, vibrant sets and a super slick production. It was fantastic to see the return of the immensely talented Robert Oliver (who plays Bobby Loggs, Gepetto and Stromboli) and the fabulous Kate Playdon (who plays Betty Branches, Angelina and The Blue Fairy).
The show was about two hours long, with a 20 minute interval half-way and we were all captivated by the action on stage throughout (no wriggling or awkwardly loud questions from the younger members of our party). There’s plenty of audience participation, songs to sing-along to, moments to boo and cheer and you can even get down and get back up again to Tubthumping, just watch out for Jill (you know… her off Jack and Jill) running around with her latest version of a pail of water!
As well as The Greatest Show and Come Alive from The Greatest Showman, listen out for Hertford Theatre Panto twists on classics like Robbie Williams’ Let Me Entertain You, Abba’s Money, Money, Money, Lulu’s Shout!, Tina Turner’s Proud Mary, Britney Spear’s Circus and Fame, featuring the dance of 2018… the Floss.
So come one, come all, take your seats at the Hertford Theatre Panto and let your world become a fantasy for a while this Christmas. Honestly, don’t faff about, it’s so good we want to go again! Get your tickets whilst you still can, this is a show that you don’t want to miss.
The Astonishing Adventures of Pinocchio runs until Tuesday 1st January 2019, for more information or to book tickets visit hertfordtheatre.com.
Hertford Theatre also has a Relaxed Performance of The Astonishing Adventures of Pinocchio on 28th December 2018 at 11am, aimed at families and children with SEND or Autism, but anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed theatre experience is welcome, including adults with dementia or smaller children visiting the theatre for the first time. For more information about the Relaxed Performance call 01992 531500.
Disclosure: We were provided with complimentary tickets to the show. The words and opinions are all my own. All photographic images courtesy of James Leask Fraser at area1photography.com