The Jungle Book
This year The Gaiety Theatre triumphantly raised the bar once again with their musical adaptation of the Jungle Book in traditional pantomime style with mastery learned over almost 150 years of delivering block buster pantomime performances.
The story, essentially, is the one most people know so well but it was not the plot that took centre stage, rather the story unfolded through one musical performance after another. For any child that will be captivated by singing and dancing this is a panto for them. What’s more, while the show delivered a suite of original songs, in true panto style we saw a contemporary and modern twist to the traditional score with songs such as King Louie’s rendition of Jungle Boogie and Jump Around.
As always The Gaiety Theatre pulled out all the stops when it came to their imaginative set. At the beginning we saw Mowgli (Jake Farmer), step through the cover of an huge fairytale book before the stage was transformed into an impressive jungle. Book Tickets …..
The cast brought a magical energy to the stage and we were served a carnival of animal capers and traditional pantomime antics. At times the show took on a whole new meaning to audience participation when feisty and mischievous characters spilled off the stage. However, it was legendary panto dame Joe Conlan as Nanny Nincompoop, that stole the show for all of us. Nanny Nincompoop, balancing hilarious panto quips and some well-placed juvenile humour along with Bagheera the panther (Michael Joseph), regaling an impressive tongue twister will have you laughing the night away so you really do forget about your worries and your strife! So don’t put up with the bare necessities when it comes to panto this Christmas and have a good auld belly aching afternoon of family fun at the Gaiety Theatre. Book Tickets…
To celebrate 150 years of pantomimes staged at The Gaiety Theatre, next year audiences will be treated to one of the Gaiety’s best loved pantomimes, Cinderella, so make sure you get you book your tickets well in advance as I am certain as always it will be a show stopper.