Robin Hood and his Merry Mam! (York)
In this ‘little local pantomime’, the technical hitches become an integral part of the fun, and Kaler, the UK’s longest-serving dame, is a mesmerising delight, leading the audience and his often bewildered cast through a joyful evening of fun, laughter and downright silliness. At one point amidst the slapstick, Kaler cries ‘Remind me, son, what panto are we doing this year?’ The chorus are vivacious, the dance routines fun and the children’s performances focused and clear, providing a superb foil to York panto regulars Martin Barrass (One Man Two Guvnors), Suzy Cooper and Siān Howard in this colourful, pacey Christmas show that is sure to warm the heart.
Robin Hood and his Merry Mam runs at York Theatre Royal until 2 Feb, 2013.