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Rave Reviews for Beauty and the Beast

January 5, 2018

The mince pies have all been eaten, the decorations are coming down and the chill of frost is still in the air… January is well and truly upon us, and with it we have waved goodbye to South Hill Park’s record-shattering pantomime: Beauty and the Beast. We have received some brilliant reviews and praise from critics and audience members alike, so best to book your seats to South Hill Park’s 2018 pantomime, Dick Whittington and his Cat while you still can!

The Prince and Belle share their first kiss. Photo credit: Savannah Photographic

“The glorious costumes and intricate scenery courtesy of Rebekah Shirley and Victoria Spearing and their teams were top notch, with a clever cylindrical wraparound staircase and movable enclosures highlighting how the uglified Beast was isolated and alone.

“Optical illusions, puppetry and gargoyle trickery kept up the surprises, while the Beast himself was an extraordinary creation. Director Adam Stafford ramped up the colour and fun, bringing out the emotion and drama (and of course the fun bits).” – The Henley Standard

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Belle and Zut Alors meet the local residents of Chambon la Forêt. Photo credit: Savannah Photographic


“The cast are all talented and work well at interacting with the audience. Faye Ellen is exceptional as Belle, and Brad [Clapson] ha[d] some good gags…

“Also important to mention are the young cast of dancers who add so much to the scenes.” – The Wokingham Paper

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Norbere is quite the lady’s man… he thinks! Photo credit: Savannah Photographic

“From the raising of the curtain, when a hilarious tap dancing panto horse joins Belle on stage to a terrific Errol Flynn-inspired sword fight, you just know you are in for another fun-filled feast of festive family fun.

“This show is a delight and everyone involved should be as pleased as the Christmas punch for what they have achieved in a seasonal show that always has high expectations.” – Maidenhead Advertiser

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“The most brilliant end to Christmas – panto at South Hill Park” – Jennifer, Twitter

“Beauty and the Beast is a beaut of a panto!” – Simon, TripAdvisor

“Best panto I’ve seen in a long while.” – Susan, Facebook

“Beauty & the Beast is another spectacular panto put on by our wonderful South Hill Park. This year we went to an adults performance to a sell out crowd and everyone had a wonderful time and were all shouting at the tops of our voices.” – Jill, TripAdvisor

“The entire panto was absolutely brilliant and funny as always.” – Amy, Facebook

“Congratulations South Hill Park on another brilliant pantomime, so much fun had by all the generations!” – Julia, Twitter

South Hill Park would like to say a big thank you to all our pantomime visitors. Your generosity with our bucket collections helped us raise £4,780. This money will go towards supporting the work we do at South Hill Park including our Dementia Friendly Screenings and our creative work with vulnerable young people and children.