See it if you love Donny Osmond, a great panto with the usual palladium pantomime cast
Don't see it if you hate innuendo
See it if you like a good laugh with good acting
Don't see it if you want a musical
See it if You love a panto! The Palladium pantos are always incredibly entertaining, with a wonderful cast - the funniest show in the West End!
Don't see it if You're under 5 😂
See it if If you enjoy panto / variety shows.
Don't see it if You want to see anything new. I'm looking at you Paul Zerdin with the same material as the past 4 years.
See it if The chemistry between Julian and Donny
Don't see it if Nothing
Yet for all the high-kicking (the 12 dancers of the Tiller Girls) and flame-fuelled stunts (the Australian duo Spark Fire Dance), this is a notch less bewitching than previous pantos here.
Nonetheless, this is Variety theatre that’s low on, er, variety. If you really are going to dispense with plot and go for all-out spectacle amid an unstoppable stream of unprintable quips about sex, you need a bit more than rings of fire and a line of dancing women with feathers on their heads.
Harrison has created an extravagant alternative to pantomime. It’s entertaining, nostalgic and perhaps a little sentimental but more of a salute to variety than a true pantomime.
Having said that, when the cast are as high calibre as this, the lack of a recognisable story seems a minor quibble. I gobbled it up.
The joy of pantomime can come in the mistakes, and with no room for error, Pantoland is too pristine for its own good. Even so, and to change a Donny Osmond lyric, I love theatre for a reason, let the reason be pantomime.
It’s a blast...This is panto, but nothing like we know it...This is innuendo peppered with the most fabulous variety acts with no reference whatever to a story.