Review: The Nativity Panto, at King’s Head Theatre
13 December, 2019 — By Eileen Morrison
Matthew Kellett and Meriel Cunningham in The Nativity Panto Photo: Bill Knight
IT’S panto time again, but The Nativity Panto is slightly different from your traditional show.
This nativity concerns two elves called Mary and Joe Christmas, who work in the toy-making factory in the frozen north. There is also a reindeer called Rudi, who would love to be able to fly but hasn’t the courage.
Mary desperately wants a baby, but Joe hasn’t been any help – he’s far too busy making toys. A bush called the Holly Ghost comes to her aid and she becomes pregnant, much to Joe’s surprise.
Their joy, however, does not please the evil Jack Frost, who is determined that the world should be as cold and joyless as possible and seeks to rid the world of this source of happiness.
Not only does Jack Frost want to find and kill the new baby elf, he also wants to wreak his evil designs on the three kings who come in search of him.
The script is cleverly written, with loads of jolly songs set to well-known tunes, plenty of jokes, puns and innuendo, and the usual audience participation. As in all good pantos, everything ends happily.
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