Friday 13 December 2019


It only starts to feel like Christmas when I see the panto at The Regent Theatre, Stoke, the atmosphere is always buzzing for opening night and you can feel the excitement from both children and adults.

This year's performance is Sleeping Beauty, Luke and I had to google the storyline before we came, and although the original isn't set at Stokey Palace in Stoke-On-Trent, there are still elements of the authentic fairytale.

Local Stokey, Jonathan Wilkes plays Muddles, who is in love with Princess Beauty, his mother, the Royal Nanny is played by Christian Patterson and another regular Kai Owen is King Cyril of Stokey. The comedy timing between the three of them is hilarious. I have never laughed so much during the first half of a panto before, so many clever jokes for all generations and lots of innuendos. Naomi Slights is Princess Beauty and entertained us with her beautiful singing, the Wicked Fairy, Carobosse was played by Vivien Parry, she was a believable baddy who also belted out some well-known songs. Delme Thomas was The Spirit of Stoke who was the king of the one-liners and dazzled us with his sparkly costumes.

As Luke is now getting older, he is beginning to understand the more 'adult' jokes but also finds the slapstick humour hilarious. We love our family outing to the Panto and even hubby got up and partook in the audience singalong!

If you are able to treat your family to the panto this year make sure you see this, you won't be disappointed!