Mother Goose (West End)
Mother Goose (West End)
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Mother Goose (West End) London Reviews and Tickets

87%
(30 Ratings)
Positive
93%
Mixed
4%
Negative
3%
Members say
Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Clever, Enchanting

About the Show

Sir Ian McKellen & John Bishop star in this family-friendly panto!

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Show-Score Member Reviews (30)

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85 Reviews | 7 Followers
90
Fun, Must see, Masterful, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You are adult, wanting to see panto but no kids to bring. No worries. 90%+ audiences are over 50! And of course you can shout Behind you!

Don't see it if You don't like panto. You'd better have knowledge of British politics, royals, pop songs, musicals and Shakespeare. If not, may not so fun.

184 Reviews | 30 Followers
89
Epic, Hilarious, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if you love an adult style panto

Don't see it if if you wanna bring kids along

51 Reviews | 1 Follower
86
Indulgent, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want to see a panto but are not interested in poor acting, crass jokes and a repeat of what you saw last year

Don't see it if you cannot take a bit of obvious humour and take yourself very seriously Read more

Nic
561 Reviews | 99 Followers
86
Fluffy, Fun, Silly, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you love Ian McKellen or if you’d love a pantomime that is pretty close in quality to an actual West End show (and better than some.)

Don't see it if you don’t love silly, punny humor.

176 Reviews | 11 Followers
85
Entertaining, Enchanting, Fluffy, Edgy, Funny

See it if You want a proper traditional pantomime, with a great cast les by Sir Ian Mckellen

Don't see it if You're not a panto fan.

74 Reviews | 5 Followers
78
Great cast, Joyful, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You want to experience a panto that has it's own style but sticks to some traditions (parody pop songs and lots of 'it's behind you!')

Don't see it if You won't find jokes about Lord of the Rings, Shakespeare and politics funny.

82 Reviews | 5 Followers
24
Excruciating, Dated, Disappointing

See it if You like cheap shows

Don't see it if You actually want a fun Panto that doesn’t patronize and pander to it’s audience

30 Reviews | 1 Follower
93
Fluffy, Great acting, Funny

See it if You love a traditional panto.

Don't see it if You don't like panto.

Critic Reviews (6)

BroadwayWorld
December 19th, 2022

" 'Mother Goose' is the perfect blend of star power and classic musical theatre talent. A total hoot from start to finish."
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London Theatre
December 19th, 2022

"The show may feel freeform, even anarchic, but courses with an abiding respect for theatrical tradition...The world may be a dark and often difficult place, but lucky are we to be transported via Gooseland Airways to a rapture-inducing realm of sheer and total bliss."
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The Arts Desk
December 22nd, 2022

"The script is mostly family-friendly – 'Mother Goose's' love of a cockatoo is about as far as it goes – although some comedy doesn't quite land."
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The London Evening Standard
December 12th, 2022
For a previous production

"Ian McKellen makes a triumphant return to pantomime damehood in this gleeful, willfully slapdash affair. "
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The Guardian (UK)
December 12th, 2022
For a previous production

"The show ultimately rides too heavily on McKellen’s stage presence without working hard enough for its part to do his zany turn justice."
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WhatsOnStage
December 12th, 2022
For a previous production

"This is, perhaps, the theatregoers' pantomime, a little more sophisticated, genuinely sincere and bursting with musical talent."
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