Review: Alice in Wonderland at the Harlow Playhouse

Entertainment / Sun 1st Apr 2018 at 04:45pm


Review of Alice in Wonderland at the Harlow Playhouse
By Wicked Productions

A PACKED audience was royally entertained by an Easter performance of Alice in Wonderland at the Harlow Playhouse.

One of the key qualities to this production is the feel that the cast are having as good a time as the audience. There are times in which you are not sure if they are ad-libbing or not. If that was good enough for Bob Hope then it is good enough for the wonderful Tom Swift and his crew.

This is a relatively small cast but they all play such different and well carved out roles that it feels like a big cast. As it is billed as a family production it seems appropriate.

It is a traditional telling of Alice in Wonderland but the message of a little girl that needs her imagination is as relevant today as it was in the 19th century.

Producer, director and star, Tom Swift, dominates the show. There is one thing dominating but another shining and boy does he blaze a trail and a joy every second he is on stage. But he doesn’t hog proceedings but is simply the thing star around which everything revolves.

But this was a fabulous cast. Amanda Swift was a wickedly evil queen. Ant Payne a nutty Mad Hatter who was a great double act with Tom Swift. Jimmy Iles a purrfect Cheshire Cat.

This was also a 2018 pantomime with Donald Trump, Jamie Carragher and Alexa jokes.

The musical numbers neatly kept the narrative going.

Wicked Productions ability is to create a show which entertains adults and children alike. No wonder families leaving were already looking forward to The Jungle Book next year.

As usual three generations of the Your Harlow family went to review this production and once again the generations loved it.

Alice is on until April 5th.
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