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Within This Landscape

Within This Landscape

Sat 23 Aug - Mon 25 Aug

1984

1984

Tue 16 Sep - Sat 20 Sep

Sherlock Holmes: A Working Hypothesis

Sherlock Holmes: A Working Hypothesis

Mon 11 Aug - Sun 21 Sep

Regeneration

Regeneration

Tue 23 Sep - Sat 27 Sep

Arthur Author

Arthur Author

Mon 13 Oct

Betrayal

Betrayal

Fri 03 Oct - Sat 18 Oct

Antigone

Antigone

Tue 21 Oct - Sat 25 Oct

The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner

Mon 27 Oct - Sat 01 Nov

Helver's Night

Helver's Night

Thu 30 Oct - Sat 08 Nov

Hanging Hooke

Hanging Hooke

Sat 15 Nov

The Woman In Black

The Woman In Black

Mon 17 Nov - Sat 22 Nov

She Stoops to Conquer

She Stoops to Conquer

Tue 25 Nov - Sat 29 Nov

Mr Puntila And His Man Matti

Mr Puntila And His Man Matti

Thu 27 Nov - Sat 29 Nov

The Circle Of Chalk

The Circle Of Chalk

Thu 27 Nov - Sat 29 Nov

A View From The Bridge

A View From The Bridge

Fri 13 Feb - Sat 28 Feb

Family

The Wind In The Willows

The Wind In The Willows

Thu 31 Jul - Sat 30 Aug

Sing and Sign Stage 1 (6-18 Months)

Sing and Sign Stage 1 (6-18 Months)

Mon 22 Sep - Mon 01 Dec

Sing And Sign Stage 2 (1 - 2½ Years)

Sing And Sign Stage 2 (1 - 2½ Years)

Mon 22 Sep - Mon 01 Dec

Singamajigs

Singamajigs

Tue 23 Sep - Tue 02 Dec

Story Makers

Story Makers

Wed 17 Sep - Wed 03 Dec

Puss In Boots

Puss In Boots

Wed 10 Dec - Sat 03 Jan

Old Mother Goose

Old Mother Goose

Thu 11 Dec - Sat 31 Jan

Comedy

The Importance Of Being Earnest

The Importance Of Being Earnest

Fri 11 Jul - Sun 17 Aug

Noel James

Noel James

Thu 13 Nov

Dance

Summer Big Band

Summer Big Band

Sat 30 Aug

Perform Rises

Perform Rises

Sat 04 Oct

Phoenix Dance Theatre

Phoenix Dance Theatre

Wed 12 Nov - Thu 13 Nov

Burns Night Ceilidh

Burns Night Ceilidh

Sat 24 Jan

Pantomime

Old Mother Goose

Old Mother Goose

Thu 11 Dec - Sat 31 Jan

Contemporary Drama

Arthur Author

Arthur Author

Mon 13 Oct

Antigone

Antigone

Tue 21 Oct - Sat 25 Oct

The Restoration of Nell Gwyn

The Restoration of Nell Gwyn

Thu 09 Oct - Sat 25 Oct

CELL

CELL

Mon 10 Nov

Jonny Got His Gun

Jonny Got His Gun

Tue 11 Nov

Birthday Suit Party

Birthday Suit Party

Wed 12 Nov

Helen

Helen

Fri 14 Nov

More Tales from Kafka

More Tales from Kafka

Tue 18 Nov - Thu 20 Nov

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Fri 21 Nov - Sat 22 Nov

General

Community Amateur

The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers

Wed 23 Jul - Sun 10 Aug

Iolanthe

Iolanthe

Thu 18 Sep - Sat 20 Sep

The Pirates Of Penzance

The Pirates Of Penzance

Wed 05 Nov - Sat 08 Nov

Mr Puntila And His Man Matti

Mr Puntila And His Man Matti

Thu 27 Nov - Sat 29 Nov

The Circle Of Chalk

The Circle Of Chalk

Thu 27 Nov - Sat 29 Nov

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Ghost The Musical

Ghost The Musical

Fri 08 Aug - Sat 16 Aug

Opera

Childrens

Play In A Week - 8-11s

Play In A Week - 8-11s

Mon 11 Aug - Sat 16 Aug

The Wind In The Willows

The Wind In The Willows

Thu 31 Jul - Sat 30 Aug

The Princess and the Pea

The Princess and the Pea

Thu 18 Sep - Sat 04 Oct

Sing and Sign Stage 1 (6-18 Months)

Sing and Sign Stage 1 (6-18 Months)

Mon 22 Sep - Mon 01 Dec

Sing And Sign Stage 2 (1 - 2½ Years)

Sing And Sign Stage 2 (1 - 2½ Years)

Mon 22 Sep - Mon 01 Dec

Singamajigs

Singamajigs

Tue 23 Sep - Tue 02 Dec

Story Makers

Story Makers

Wed 17 Sep - Wed 03 Dec

Physical Theatre

Helen

Helen

Fri 14 Nov

Workshop

Play In A Week - 8-11s

Play In A Week - 8-11s

Mon 11 Aug - Sat 16 Aug

Sing and Sign Stage 1 (6-18 Months)

Sing and Sign Stage 1 (6-18 Months)

Mon 22 Sep - Mon 01 Dec

Sing And Sign Stage 2 (1 - 2½ Years)

Sing And Sign Stage 2 (1 - 2½ Years)

Mon 22 Sep - Mon 01 Dec

Singamajigs

Singamajigs

Tue 23 Sep - Tue 02 Dec

Story Makers

Story Makers

Wed 17 Sep - Wed 03 Dec

York Mix - Review: Robin Hood and his Merry Mam!

Mon 17 Dec 2012

Written by Chris Titley

 

Right at the end – which any veteran of a Berwick Kaler pantomime will know is a long time coming – the specialness of this theatrical event is fully revealed. Kaler and long-time sidekick Martin Barrass read out messages from members of the audience – and you realise you’re part of an extraordinary club.

All the message writers had been before. Some had been coming for years. Others had travelled miles to be part of it. Everyone praised the show, even though they hadn’t seen it at the time of writing. They knew it was going to be good.

And they were right. In his 40th pantomime Kaler delivers – belly laughs, song and dance numbers, corny gags, slapstick – and sends us all home with a mulled-wine warming glow.

Most of the gang are here. Martin Barrass, fresh from his West End triumph in One Man Two Guvnors, is daftly energetic and hugely engaging as Geoffrey Hood, Robin’s brother. Suzy Cooper is glamorously ditzy as Maid Marian. Vincent Gray excels in the difficult role of Robin, the still centre amid the chaos, big-hearted and brave; while Sian Howard is the jolly, motherly Lady Hamalot.

No David Leonard – another of Berwick’s band to have graduated to London stardom, he’s currently playing a different magnificent baddie, Miss Trunchbull in Matilda. Jonathan Race makes for an able replacement, however, putting in an entertainingly moustache-twirling turn as Sheriff Hutton.

There are several wow moments. Mia was in hysterics in the slapstick scene which saw Dame Hattie Hood and son Geoffrey in fatsuits zipping in and out of doors, falling over a lot and giving an icy bath to Ice Blondel (AJ Powell).

The two filmed segments had us both hooting too. I won’t give away the jokes, but they are crackers, and executed with skill and gusto.

Charles Cusick Smith’s costumes are astoundingly good, well complemented by the colourful set designs by Phil R Daniels.

I asked Mia for her highlights. Straight away she said the Dame. She loved the way Berwick abandons the script at regular intervals. He is not a performer but a master of his art, commanding stage, fellow actors and the audience with supreme confidence.

Mia was also a huge fan of Ice Blondel, the Sheriff’s hapless assistant, whose berserk Brummie accent and sweetly silly antics won her over – and the rest of the audience too.

It’s not perfect. The first half in particular was too long and dragged in parts, and I could have lived without the talking woodland creatures whose main contribution was to slow things down.

But these are minor quibbles. Robin Hood And His Merry Mam brings a freshness and energy to the Theatre Royal pantomime while providing the comforting regular features which the audience demands. It’s a feat all the more remarkable when you consider how consistently Dame Berwick and his band of theatrical outlaws have hit the target over the years.

Read the review on the York Mix website.

 

 

 

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