What with one thing and another – I’ll spare you the list; you don’t need us bringing you down – 2016 has been a funny old year, with plenty to worry about losartan potassium 100mg. And one thing we added to our worry list this summer was the York Theatre Royal pantomime. Berwick Kaler, panto dame extraordinaire, writer and co-director of the show, had a worrying episode in the hospital’s cardiac unit and Martin Barrass, Berwick’s panto son, was involved in a very serious motorbike accident. For a while it was hard to imagine that the show would go on, but go on it has. Berwick is now the proud owner of a pacemaker and seems ten years younger, AJ Powell is keeping Martin’s dancing shoes warm while he continues his remarkable recovery and, against the odds, Cinderella is a Christmas cracker of a family show.
With a sparkling script and even sparklier sets, costumes, songs and dance routines, it’s hard to imagine a more joyful way to end a gloomy year. It’s everything we’ve come to expect from the Theatre Royal panto and more, back in its newly refurbished home (with even comfier seats). Brilliant David Leonard baddie? Check. Star turn from Suzy Cooper? Check. Wagon Wheels? Check. Cameo from Harry Gration? Check. Film sequence? Check check. There are a few surprises too, and even a storyline that makes sense, but we’ll let you discover all that for yourselves. The six year old and I roared with laughter until the curtain came down and we’ve been talking about it ever since. I think he might even be harbouring dreams of being up on the stage one day, but with Berwick on such fine form and Martin snapping at his heels, he’ll have a long old wait.