Legally Blonde offers amazing alternative to panto this Christmas

AFTER proving the decision to forgo a pantomime in favour of a more traditional show last year was a success, the Sunderland Empire have come up trumps again.

I have been very lucky to see a few very good shows at the theatre this year, but Legally Blonde has topped them all as my favourite.

Only a few weeks ago I was at the Sunderland Empire for my debut viewing of Sister Act, and I thought nothing could trump such a top show.

But the popular film Legally Blonde has been reworked – but not so much as to spoil the original – to create an explosion of pink on stage.

The show is essentially a classy, witty story of female empowerment. And it’s great!

Following the story of Elle Woods (Faye Brookes) who follows her ex-boyfriend Warner to Harvard Law School in the hope of winning him back and becoming the ‘serious’ girl she thinks he wants her to be.

Brookes is fantastic in the lead role, and works excellently alongside former Atomic Kitten Liz McClarnon who plays Elle’s gal pal Paulette, who only slipped into her Liverpudlian tongue once, and has a killer pair of lungs on her.

The cast also sees Stars in their eyes’ Mathew Kelly as Professor Callahan, and Kyle the hilarious UPS man, who had legs to died for.

One stand out song was Brooke Wyndham’s Whip you into shape, skipping rope dance routine that had me exhausted just watching it, and goes to prove that it is possible to sing live and jump up and down at the same time.

Legally Blonde may not be festive, but it’s an absolutely incredible show, on at the Sunderland Empire until December 31.

Visit www.sunderlandempire.org.uk for tickets.

TEGAN CHAPMAN