The Magic Of Rapunzel. Aberdeen Panto Review

What better way to celebrate Christmas in July than with an all singing, all dancing Pantomime. Oh no it isn’t! I hear you say. Oh yes it is!

I was invited along to review Joseph Purdy’s production of Rapunzel last night at the Tivoli Theatre. The summer Panto has toured the UK, before making its last four day stop here in Aberdeen. My Little Peter Pan was so excited, and of course couldn’t wait to dress in his Flynn Rider outfit for the occasion.


The show put its own twist to the classic fairytale, entertaining both adults and kids alike. The diversity in characters ranged from the funny Chester, who provided laughs a plenty and hillarious audience interaction, to the glamorous Queen Passionella with her show stealing outfits. Horabella executed wicked perfectly, along with some incredible vocals. Quinn’s favourite character of the evening, Britain’s got Talent’s winner George Sampson, danced his way to Rapunzel’s heart as Prince George. Ten years on from his Singing in the Rain routine, we were wowed again by his impeccable moves. The cast wore some outstanding outfits that were definitely a highlight for me.

New and old songs had us singing along, with maybe a little dance or two from my Little Peter Pan! The usual feel good, festive atmosphere and lots of local dialect was definitely present, showcasing that Pantomimes aren’t just for Christmas. Sixty two local children were cast and did an outstanding job, lighting up the stage with their talents. Never during the performance did the family filled audience get restless, which was testament to how well the cast did to engage and keep us wanting more.

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Our family thoroughly enjoyed our evening, and I would highly recommend Rapunzel for the perfect summer holiday day out. Here at the Tivoli until this Sunday, you can purchase your tickets through Aberdeen Performing Arts at the Box Office.

Joseph Purdy Productions will also be back again in Aberdeen with the Uk tour of The Wizard of Oz on the 25th, 26th and 28th of October, and I for one can’t wait!

Thanks for reading and remember “True love will win the day”

Alannah x

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