Beauty And The Beast – A Quick Capsule Theatre Review
The Devonshire Park pantomime team is back, and this year, the Panto feels bigger, flashier, and more expensive than ever. However, can it reach the incredible heights and magic of the years before? In short... yes.
We are all familiar with the story of Beauty and the Beast: an arrogant prince, a beautiful commoner, a wicked spell, singing, dancing – and you will be happy to know that all the usual beats are present and correct. Yet, because this is a Panto, there's much more to enjoy!
Tucker and Martyn return and are in glorious form, as always. They bring back regular skit Ghostbusters, along with the obligatory Tucker and Martyn clown around scene (this year involving lots of plates) and a bucket load of audience interaction. . They are joined by the now regular Eastbourne pantomime baddy Carli Norris, who this year takes on the role of the evil fairy Malevolent, revelling in the boos, campy musical numbers, and the abject silliness of it all.
The regular cast welcomes Katie Cochrane, Rebecca Vere, and Lewes Roberts as Beauty, The Good Fairy, and the Beast, respectively. All seem to relish the opportunity to camp it up across various skits and belt out remakes of popular chart songs (even the new Beatles song gets an outing this year). However, everything appears a bit bigger and more grand this year. At times, it feels a bit more West End-like... all in a good way. The production is A+ and once again credit must go to director Jordan and his talented team.
If you've seen previous Eastbourne pantos, there's little that will shock or surprise you here. Still, rest assured that if this is your first time, you will be in very safe hands with one of the best and most reliable pantomimes on the South Coast.