Review: Hansel and Gretel at Victoria Hall: A wonderful warm Christmas adventure

Entertainment / Sun 15th Dec 2019 pm31 08:01pm

Review: Hansel and Gretel at Victoria Hall Theatre

THIS may well be the best show we have seen at the Victoria Hall Theatre. For two-and-a-half hours, the traditional tale of two children who have lost their mother and are left by their step-mother in the forest where they are kidnapped by an evil witch is transformed into a modern, fun, warm, Christmas story.

Hansel and Gretel are played by Lexi Johnson and Ruby Westbrook who play their roles with great enthusiasm. Word perfect they keep everyone, from young children to grandparents, involved in the story.

Their roles are very well defined and that applies to everyone. Each role has a life of its own. From every member of Team Holly to those who take on multiple roles.

The narrators keep the story going, the animals have some cracking lines and the there is also a number of very funny roles. Special mention to Victoria Hall favourites Helga Kilroy and Red Fisher whose characters such as Bella Beauty, Witch and Deirdre are wonderful.

What can we say about the evil stepmother played by Jessica Ricketts. Jessica was a riot in leopard skin and mascara. She is a special type of villain who was very entertaining.

There are also a number of excellent musical interludes. Great use of Supergrass’ Alright and a very enthusiastis audience participation number called The Penguin Song.

As usual, the sets are excellent, especially the witches house. They have a special talent at Victoria Hall for making so much use of their space.

The whole show had such a warmth. The actors looked like they were enjoying themselves and that was shared by the audience.

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