Babes make for enjoyable panto

ROBIN Hood went ‘gangnam style’ for the Newcastle Pantomime Company’s latest pantomime offering.

This year’s panto at the Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre – Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood – saw the return of many favourite performers

Janie Mackenzie as Robin Hood (of Throckley!) had a strong singing voice, while Steve Wraith as the sheriff of Nottingham (on Tyne) was deliciously evil.

My favourite as usual, was the hilarious Charlie Richmond, this year, appearing as the hapless Numpty Norman.

From the curtain up with a rendition of Higher and Higher – to the obligatory wedding in the final scene – local legends Maxie Peters (Nurse Nitty Nora) and Kevin O’Keefe (Friar Tuck) along with radio presenter JoJo Hatfield as Maid Marian, never failed to get laughs from an audience of all ages.

Two performers deserving a special mention are youngsters Jennifer Beattie and Aimee Cattell, as the prince and princess, at Sunday’s performance.

The show runs until January 6. Call 0844 493 9999 for tickets.

PETRA SILFVERSKIOLD