Wicked Queen Titania
A role she has always relished, it’s ten years since Vicki last played Wicked Queen and this portrayal was a real tour de force. Thoroughly evil, there was a wonderful air of dismissive disdain with which she dispatched her minions most notably Mark Little aka the Lord Chancellor of Trumpville. Together they created a magical on-stage rapport bringing out the very best (or worst) in their characters, a highlight of Act 1 undoubtedly being their duet of the Elvis Presley hit, Trouble. That was some top note Vicki! And I’d defy anyone not to be terrified by her unexpected threats over the audience from one of the opera house boxes, brilliantly bathed in deep red by lighting designer Magnus Leslie. A real wow factor cameo. Not even the sight of ‘love’s true kiss’, delivered on this occasion by Snow White’s father, the King, nor banishment to the realms of the magic mirror brought a glimmer of remorse to this black hearted soul! The kids loved her!
Martin Daniels, teamed with Vicki for a 3rd pantomime season proved a magical Muddles in every sense while Steve Wickenden as Nurse Brexit, Jonny Muir as Prince Rudolph and Louise Henry as Snow White were ideally cast. Ben Fry as the Town Crier and indeed York’s real town crier, brought much to this production, proving himself an asset to the cast. Much praise should be heaped upon choreographer Emily Taylor and all the dancers in this show for their sharp, slick and unfaltering routines.
Traditional with a modern twist, the show was brilliantly written and directed by Chris Moreno who brought out the very best in his performers. This was a 5 star worthy show by Three Bears Productions