A well-polished panto that felt like it had come straight from the West-End.

I’ve seen enough pantomime’s to know that they can be very hit-and-miss. However, as the ensemble of talented performers danced their way onto the stage to the opening number, Footloose, I knew straight away that this one was going to be a hit!

Rest assured that when it comes to quality shows, there’s no place like The New Theatre, Peterborough.

During an exclusive interview with ESP (available to read on our website) Katya said, “I’m really enjoying it. I felt like it’s a good transition from the world of dance performance because our acting is a little over acting which is perfect for panto because it is cheesy, loud, lots of energy and interaction.

“I know Wizard of Oz isn’t traditional panto but I think it’s a good one with all the different characters and different stories, and there’s a moral to it of course and there’s going to be a little twist to it but now I feel like I’m so into this, like I was born to do it!”

Samuel Freeman (the brainless Scarecrow), Ben Brooker (the heartless Tinman) and Thomas Cove (the cowardly Lion), had amazing chemistry and really bounced off each other. They were comfortable enough to throw in a few unscripted moments that had the audience laughing-out-loud.

The ensemble also included talented juniors from Peterborough’s Tu Danse Studios.

I have to say though, the star of the show was Dorothy’s loveable companion Toto, played by Tilly the dog. So cute!

A lot of thought was put into the backdrops and after a short while, you genuinely feel like you’ve been transported to Oz.

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ESP Rating: 5/5

Mikey Clarke

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