REVIEW: Panto fun at King’s Lynn

The Adventures of Robin Hood features Ian Marr as Dame Double Top, Mimi Edwards as Robin Hood, Steven Kynman as Will Scarlett and Shaun Williamson as the Sheriff of Nottingham
The Adventures of Robin Hood features Ian Marr as Dame Double Top, Mimi Edwards as Robin Hood, Steven Kynman as Will Scarlett and Shaun Williamson as the Sheriff of Nottingham
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The Adventures of Robin Hood: Lynn Corn Exchange

There turned out to be no better way to spend a dull, dank December afternoon than in the company of Robin Hood and his Merry Men, who were attempting to put an end to The Sheriff of Nottingham’s wicked and greedy ways!

I was accompanied by enthusiastic panto-goers and we were soon aware of the excited young audience and those (like us) being young at heart, anticipating an awesome show; we were certainly not disappointed!

From the opening chorus it became clear we were being presented with a fast moving, funny, tuneful and dramatic show, professional throughout, with excellent character work and choreography in the mix.

All the traditional panto ingredients were included and it was great to see a full Lynn Corn Exchange with the audience fully engaged, and taking part in the audience participation items with gusto!

The cast was pretty well star-studded. Shaun Williamson, of EastEnders fame, is an extremely talented actor and performer, and gave a suitably shady and dark performance as The Sheriff, while the versatile Ian Marr (who also directed the show) gives us, in my view, a well nigh perfect Panto Dame (doesn’t she Simon? – a reference to the audience member picked on during our performance by Dame DoubleTop during the show).

I must not forget to mention marvellous performances by Mimi Edwards as Robin Hood, Phil Cole as Friar Tuck, Steven Kynman as Will Scarlett and Rebecca Gilhooley as Maid Marian.

This thoroughly entertaining show was written wittily by Chris Jordan, Adam Scown was in charge of choreography and musical direction was provided by Michael Riley.

Thanks go to Jordan Productions Ltd for producing a superb show and all at Lynn’s Corn Exchange for making a magical afternoon for us. The pantomime continues up to Sunday, January 3 – and it’s a must see. We look forward to Cinderella next year.

Andy Tyler