Mumbler reviews Beauty and the Beast Pantomime at Carriageworks Leeds 2018
We love a good Pantomime. We love one that includes Brexit jokes, Hip-Hop music and Pyrotechnics even more! Last week we were invited along to watch this year’s pantomime at the Carriageworks Theatre – Beauty And The Beast. Read our review here.
The Carriageworks Panto is a bit of an annual favourite in the Mumbler household because not only is it really child friendly, it always has something to entertain the adults too. And this years performance doesn’t disappoint with brilliant humour, great special effects and fantastic pop tunes throughout!
For the 10th year running Jez Edwards is back for the performance using his slapstick comedy and trade mark catch phrases to have the audience in stiches. And this year Joe Standerline steals the show as Madame Cherie Trifle, with a lorryload of daring new frocks to excite the Grandads in the audience!
The Carriageworks Theatre is located in the Electric Press building just off Millennium Square. With the German Market on, the square was pretty busy but it didn’t affect entry to the theatre. The theatre itself is modern and small in comparison to some traditional theatres. There is a bar area on each floor and the staff had laid out lots of toys in both areas to entertain children whilst they waited for the performance.
There was also an actor dressed up as the Beast meeting and greeting families as they came in. Some of the Beast’s scenes in the production are actually quite dark in places and could be a little scary to younger children. The meet and greet with the friendly Beast is a great idea to help make sure they know he’s the good guy.
The auditorium at the Carriageworks has modern comfortable seats, with good leg room. But most importantly of all, the stage is huge in comparison to the size of the theatre, meaning you get uninterrupted views of the performance and are really up close to the cast and dancers. The sets were amazing too and felt really magical.
The traditional story of Beauty And The Beast has been interspersed by the producers with some brilliant comedy sketches featuring Belle’s Dad “Professor Crackpot”, the Beast’s house keeper “Madame Cherie Trifle” and her son “Philippe Philoppe”, played by Jez Edwards. There was lots of falling over, walking in to things and funny songs which kept the children engaged. Meanwhile there were jokes about Brexit and innuendo a plenty to get the parents laughing out loud too.
It was great to see Jez back too and as usual he had the odd ‘blip’ in his performance….this time actually tripping over the ghost behind him during the “It’s behind you. Oh no it isn’t” sketch. Which made it even more hilarious. He is one of our favourite comedy performers.
The quality of singing and dancing was also fantastic, with lots of popular songs to sing along to including ***SPOILER ALERT*** the Greatest Showman.
The performance lasted approx 2 hours, with a 20 minute interval. During the interval drinks, slushies and sweets were available to purchase from the bar areas along with some Beauty And The Beast Merchandise, including light up roses for £4.50.
At the end of the performance, as with every year, Jez bought some children on stage and hosted a fun dance off for everyone to get involved in before making it snow from the ceiling on to the audience!!
Overall, we absolutely loved the show. The Carriageworks is a brilliant venue for families and the show struck a great balance between adult and children’s humour which had the whole audience laughing out loud and participating throughout. Some of the performance is a little dark in places for really young children but each of the darker scene’s is followed by a really light hearted one to counter balance. It’s worth going just to see Madame Cherie Trifle’s costumes alone!
The show runs until the 31st December, with morning performances and relaxed performances available too. Prices vary depending on day and seats but are available from £12.
Carriageworks Theatre, The Electric Press, 3 Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD.
Mumbler Tips For Enjoying Your Trip
We parked in The Light, which can be quite pricey so would recommend finding on street parking if you can.
Be prepared for town to be quite busy, especially in Millennium Square where the German Christmas Market is on.
Arrive early and children may get the chance to meet the Beast before the production.
If it’s your childs Birthday in December or early January, contact the theatre as they were doing some lovely shout outs during the performance.
If you’re looking to eat somewhere that’s family friendly before or after the performance, we can recommend George’s Great British Kitchen in The Light, or we have lots of other recommendations on our dining out page here.
**Mumbler was not paid for this review however we were given two complimentary tickets. As ever all views are our open and honest opinion.