Goldilocks And The Three Bears Review – Epstein Theatre, Liverpool

Goldilocks And The Three Bears 2022
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This is our review of Goldilocks And The Three Bears at Liverpool‘s Epstein Theatre. So, let’s take a look at Goldilocks And The Three Bears!

Synopsis Of Goldilocks And The Three Bears

This production puts a twist on the classic fairy tale. With the help of the three bears, Goldilocks attempts to save her Big Top from rival circus owner, evil Baron Von Vippenall. With circus tricks, musical numbers, and classic panto comedy, like the little bear’s porridge, this show is ‘just right’.

The show stars Hollyoaks’ David Tag as the Ringmaster, Britain’s Got Talent’s Mama G as Dame Gertie, Olivia Sloyan as Goldilocks, Timothy Lucas as Baron Von Vippenall, Brandon McCaffrey as Silly Billy, Benjamin Keith as Daddy Bear, Hannah Riley as Mummy Bear and Katy Mac as Baby Bear.

Analysis Of Goldilocks And The Three Bears

Regal Entertainments presents another classic pantomime with a twist. Hosting an array of circus acts and jaw-dropping skills, this show is a feast for the eyes. The senior dancers in the production also showcase their skills with fire eating, aerial skills, and acrobatics. These scenes are highly entertaining, keeping the audience engaged. Throughout the show, the audience is treated to musical numbers with classic pop songs and recent TikTok hits. There is something in this show for both children and adults alike.

Baron Von Vippenall

The star of the show is undoubtedly Timothy Lucas, who plays evil circus owner Baron Von Vippenall. Lucas keeps the audience engaged for the entirety of his time on stage. And he has people in fits of laughter throughout. In his first moment, Lucas asks the audience to ‘give him the clap’ while gesturing for a round of applause. In this first instance, we are anticipating a wonderful show that Lucas succeeds in providing.

We’re also treated to wonderful songs that showcase Lucas’ range and singing skills. Between fighting with the lighting team, falling around on stage, and laughing at the expense of the audience and cast members alike, Lucas undoubtedly steals the show. In fact, his performance was so well appreciated on press night, that many audience members chose to applaud him greatly during the bows rather than the typical boos that usually grace the villain’s presence.

Other Cast Members

Mama G who plays Dame Gertie is wonderful during her time on stage. She even makes an effort to laugh at her own expense. This is when the children that are invited on stage don’t respond as expected to her questions. During the production, there are some moments that don’t receive the expected response from the audience. Some calls from the cast aren’t met with a response from the audience, which makes an awkward atmosphere.

In one particular moment in Act 2, Mama G makes a side comment to an audience member when Silly Billy’s jokes aren’t landing, played by Brandon McCaffrey. This captures the pure essence of what pantomime is all about: laughing at your own expense and working with what you’re presented with. Even when the sound effects and staging aren’t changed at the planned times, the performers on stage make the best of it and receive support from the audience in the form of laughter and applause.

Summary Of Goldilocks And The Three Bears

As a whole, this Christmas pantomime is classic family entertainment. Though there are clear moments of awkwardness, the performers work through the mishaps with comedy and keep children dancing and shouting throughout the show. Goldilocks And The Three Bears will be at the Epstein Theatre for the entirety of the Christmas period to entertain families in classic panto style.

Overall Rating: 7.5/10 – Good