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What's On: Thigh-slapping fun is just the ticket; Theatre Review.

Byline: Catherine Vonledebur

Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood Priory Theatre, Kenilworth, until December 30. Running time: 2hrs..

IF you've been craving a traditional family panto in a cosy atmospheric theatre packed with songs, slapstick and thigh slapping - this is just the ticket.

The star of the show is undoubtedly the charismatic Panto Dame Mark Jefferies who plays children's nanny Nurse Nelly Noggins.

Considering this is his first panto at the theatre for a number of years the newly-qualified Latin American and ballroom dancing teacher gives a fabulous performance reminiscent of Lily Savage - minus the expletives. The lively cast is supported by an enthusiastic junior chorus.

It's wonderful to see one of the country's finest little theatres, which is totally self-funded, crammed full for a cracking Christmas pantomime.

Jack and Jill are played by golden-haired amateur child actors Chris Preece and Holly Chesterton. They bear more than a passing resemblance to Jemima and Jeremy in the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, so it's no surprise when Fairy Peacegreen (Lisa Clifford) - in her white tutu and suspenders - bursts into Truly Scrumptious as they fall asleep in Sherwood Forest. *****


CRACKING STUFF... Mark Jefferies, Victoria Barker, Charlotte Jefferies and Natasha Lea star in Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood at the Priory Theatre, Kenilworth. Picture by Darryl Smith
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Article Type:Theater review
Date:Dec 19, 2007
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