Review of Beauty & the Beast at Ferneham Hall, Fareham
|Published: 14th December 2011 20:08|
Review of Beauty & the Beast at Fareham's Fernham Hall
Beauty & The Beast is a favourite on film and stage and now this festive season, the pantomine comes to Fareham's Ferneham Hall and offers a show packed full of the traditional elements as well as a few suprises.
It begins with a scene setting from Fairy Formidable played by Claire Greenaway, who places it in France, then the story begins...
Malevalent, the baddie is wonderfully bad. Her carefully composed rhyming verse and body language sends a chill down the back. The object of her desire is Prince Gallant (and his wealth). He is played by Adam McNab and I'm sure his rich, powerful voice will ensure much more of him will be heard in the future.
Every panto needs a dame and Fareham welcomes back Chris Casserly as Dame Derriere. It's easy to see why he is so popular. He delivers his gags with spot on timing and obvious enthusiasm wearing fantastic frocks. To perform good comedy a dame needs a comic partner and this role fell to Ian 'H' Watkins of Steps fame. Could he step up to the part of the dim Potty Pierre? Well yes he could! He had the audience laughing, singing and dancing, even the smallest ones who not remember his popsongs.
The beautiful heroine was played by the lovely Zoe Nicole Adkin with Steven Pinder acting the part of her kindly father, Jean Jacques, and he deserved all the applause he got for continuing with his singing while the comic duo create havoc amongst the audience.
Youngsters from the Marie Clarke School of Dance delightfully entertained throughout the show.
Everyone is tightening their belts this year and there are a few festive shows around the area but I suggest if you wish to attend one performance, make it Beauty & The Beast.
Tickets are available from http://www.fernehamhall.co.uk/ or 01329 231942