We were thrilled to be invited to watch Beauty and The Beast at The Epstein Theatre in Liverpool yesterday - we have never been to a pantomime as a family so we were really excited about this!
We decided it would be better if I took Emily and Alice and leave the youngest, Rosie at home with her Dad. I thought that Rosie might enjoy it but I knew that at her age she would be VERY fidgety and might just run away like she does in most other situations!
The theatre itself is lovely. Big enough for a great atmosphere but intimate enough for any seat to be a "good seat." Alice was really excited - she is three so I knew I might have to keep an eye on her if there were any "mild peril" moments!
The panto itself was brilliant. We had an absolute ball. There were plenty of jokes and enough double entedres to keep the adults entertained too. Michael Chapman who played the cook at the Beast's house was absolutely rip-roaring hilarious - I was honestly laughing my head off - the kids were too. The panto obviously didn't take itself too seriously, so we just had a real fun time. The storyline was punctuated by loads of modern chart songs as well as a few oldies in there, so that kept us dancing and singing along.
Ritchie from Five was HOT. Hell yes.
He played the wicked Prince who wants to marry Belle. He was very funny (as well as being hot.) He also did a few Five hits managed to squeeze in a few Five lyrics as love poems to Belle - this was so hilarious The Beast was quite scary. He had a voice changer on, and I had to explain to Alice that he was a lovely prince underneath but that Belle had to love him to change him back. She responded with "Oooh do you think that they will fall in love?" So I knew she understood.
There was also plenty of audience interaction - volunteers were called for to sing on stage and then water guns - well, I don't want to spoil it all for you if you want to go yourself! I also loved the dancers - the dancing cast was mainly made up of children - they were fantastic.
We also got to take some pictures with the cast at the end.
All in all we had an absolute fantastic time. Cinderella is on at Christmas so we are hoping to get to that - Warren and Rosie too - I know that they would both love it.
If you want to see Beauty and The Beast check out the listing times and ticket prices here.
A family ticket is £54 which I think is a good price for such a fun day - I would absolutely recommend this - we absolutely loved it and seeing the kids enjoy it so much made it a perfect day for me.
We were provided tickets free of charge for the purpose of the review all words and views are my own.