Sleeping Beauty at the Royal Spa Centre - review

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IF YOU fancy a trip to pantomime land this Christmas, you should look no further than this excellent production in Leamington.

Packed with gags, slapstick, music and dance, there is never a dull moment and what makes it a really top-class show is great acting across the cast.

Everyone knows panto is all about the dame and Kraig Thornber is fabulous as the naughty-but-nice Nanny Nora. Thornber has such stage presence that even the most reluctant panto-goer will sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

Story is also a key panto ingredient and while some fail to keep little ones engaged, this one is easy to follow and told with plenty of wit and charm.

Lots of energetic song and dance routines keep the mood upbeat and there is a good dose of audience participation.

Spectacle is provided by the beautifully painted sets and the outlandish costumes, make-up, hairdos and a huge flying dragon to watch out for.

A trip to see this panto would also be a good time to check out the newly renovated Royal Spa Centre in Leamington Spa.