Friday, 6 December 2013

Panto - Puss In Boots - Greenwich Theatre


IT'S panto season again and Greenwich Theatre's offering of Puss in Boots is an absolute belter.
Written by, directed by and starring Andrew Pollard, it is panto at its best. In fact, after nearly 10 years of writing the Crooms Hill theatre's annual Christmas show, it is Andrew's best yet and boy what a show.
From the moments the lights go down and the music starts, the gag-ometer is practically off the scale with all the magic, mayhem, silliness and outrageous costumes seasoned panto goers have come to expect with more than a few hilarious ad libs along the way.
This year it has a distinct French feel. Set in Paris it tells the tale of how Puss, played by Alim Jayda and owner Sam (Luke Striffler) find themselves penniless and alone after Sam's father dies.
But all is not well. A band of goblins, led by the evit Count Da Cash, is stealing everything from King Croissant's coffers and they won't stop til they get his daughter, the hilariously named Princess Petit Filou.
It's up to Sam and Puss aided and abetted by the King, Petit and Fruity Fifi to save the day before Puss runs out of his nine lives.
As befits any decent panto there are lots of interactions with the audience as well as amazing sets, fantastic, catchy music, puppetry and a brilliant cast.
Greenwich regular Paul Critoph is back, this time as the King and Andrew Pollard is brilliant as Fifi - her swim in the river is a sight to behold!
Pollard has once again set the bar by which other pantos are judged - and this one is about as high as you can get.
So if you only see one panto this Christmas, make it Greenwich's Puss in Boots - it will have you laughing out loud well into the New Year.

Puss In Boots is on at Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill until Sunday, January 5.
Tickets from £21, children's tickets half price. Call the box office on 020 8858 7755

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