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Festive fun for all the family at King's Lynn Alive Corn Exchange's panto Sleeping Beauty

From Baby Shark to flossing, and messy milkshakes to time travel, this year’s panto at the Alive Corn Exchange, Sleeping Beauty, is packed full of magical family fun.

This Jordan Productions version of the classic fairytale is set in the fictional town of Slumberland, and begins with King Clarence (Paul Bentley) celebrating the birth of his daughter Princess Belle (Olivia Arnold).

Things turn sour though when the evil Carabosse (Victoria Bush), scorned after not being invited to the party, curses the princess to die on her 16th birthday, after pricking her finger on a spinning wheel.

King's Lynn Corn Exchange Presents Sleeping Beauty. Pictured The Principal Characters. (5918337)
King's Lynn Corn Exchange Presents Sleeping Beauty. Pictured The Principal Characters. (5918337)

Fairy Fortywinks (Isobel Bates) saves the day though by altering the curse so the princess will instead sleep for 100 years and can be awoken by true love’s kiss.

When the curse becomes reality, it’s up to Prince Valiant (Gregor Stewart), Chester the Jester (Scott Cripps), Dame Nellie Night Nurse (Ian Marr) and Lord Chamberlain (Charles Dennett) to travel a century in time to rescue the princess and stop Carabosse’s evil work.

Along the journey, the audience are treated to an array of songs for all the family to enjoy – among them a number of the Greatest Showman hits, dance routines, a juggling light sequence, amazing costumes, pyrotechnics and props, and a few Brexit jokes thrown in for good measure.

A particular highlight was Chester the Jester’s DJ set which had a song to respond to everything his mum Dame Nellie said to him.

As always, it’s important not to overlook the contribution the dancers and the band make, as well as the writers, crew and producers who all ensure the production comes together.

With the usual ‘oh no we won’t’ chants, ‘it’s behind you’ choruses and ‘we’ll have to sing it again then’ moments, Sleeping Beauty is everything a Christmas panto should be – festive, family-friendly and most importantly, fun.

Sleeping Beauty runs until December 31. Visit www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk for tickets.

Rebekah Chilvers

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