What did critics think of Goldilocks and the Three Bears at the London Palladium?
The big top comes to town this Christmas, as pantomime fun returns at the Palladium in 2019. This year, it’s a brand new production of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, showcasing circus acts from around the world as well as panto veterans including Julian Clary, Paul O’Grady, Nigel Havers and Gary Wilmot. Read what theatre critics had to say about the West End’s biggest pantomime.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears reviews round-up
“The show itself does not so much walk a tightrope between different genres as send them hurtling into each other outrageously. From tap-dancing bears (step forward musical theatre ingenue Lauren Stroud) to Julian Clary making an entirely gratuitous entrance on a giant life-size elephant whose trunk spouts water over the front stalls, it is an evening of complete excess and utter success.”
There’s a place for pantos with proper stories but also for the vulgar, celebrity-stuffed, cross-dressing, dance-and-grin version. It’s the art form we Brits have made our own, God help us.”
“The plot seems to be less important than usual, but it hardly seems a problem amid such a spectacle of colour, light and magic. The wafer-thin story actually works in the production’s favour, allowing each act to have its moment in the spotlight.”
“With the circus setting as the perfect excuse, this is more variety show than panto. You’ll have no idea how much you’ve needed motorbikes zooming around a metal sphere in your life until you’ve seen Peter Pavlov and the Globe of Speed. The Marvellous Mysterioso, meanwhile, definitely lives up to his name.”