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REVIEW: Beauty and the Beast (King's Panto 2022)

Updated: Jan 23

The King's Theatre, Glasgow

1st December 2022

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Glasgow King's 2022 panto Beauty and the Beast, Crossroads pantomime, Scottish Theatre, Elaine C Smith, Johnny Mac.

The Glasgow King's theatre pantomime has to be the biggest and glitziest in Scotland. The sets are sumptuous, the costumes are gorgeous, there is fire and fireworks aplenty. The whole theatre and staging is a feast for the eyes.


This show has everything you could wish for from a panto. There is a simple storyline, glamorous dancers, plenty of callouts, laughs and silliness, singalongs, onstage shenanigans, lots of sparkle and a ton of Glaswegian humour and heart.


It's perfectly pitched for kids and adults. In fact I've never seen a better panto; It really is that good.


Glasgow King's 2022 panto Beauty and the Beast, Crossroads pantomime, Scottish Theatre, Elaine C Smith, Johnny Mac. Photo credit: Richard Campbell.

The house was full last night and there was a warm, joyous atmosphere throughout the whole venue. Front of House are always amazing at this theatre, but last night they seemed to be just as excited as the audience.


The cast project warmth and welcome out to the audience too; I genuinely left with a lighter step and a glow in my heart. My favourite scene was the ghost dance. Hats of to the choreographer. I loved it!


Johnny Mac is a panto legend for a reason and he is outstanding as Jack here. His quick recap of the whole show was done without a single hesitation. Impressive! He was wonderful with the kids on stage too - They will never forget that. He is devilishly mischievous but a real talent.


Darren Brownlie makes everything better and he is divine in this. So likeable and sumptuously stagey. His comic timing is spot on.


Glasgow King's 2022 panto Beauty and the Beast, Crossroads pantomime, Scottish Theatre, Darren Brownlie. Photo credit: Richard Campbell.

Elaine C Smith is Scottish panto and Scottish TV royalty. She's the perfect Mrs Potty and it was lovely to hear her sing too.


Special mention to Matthew McKenna who was a delightfully brilliant baddie (boo!!) I've never seen a villain in a kilt and Matthew looked like he had a lot of fun in a fantastic role.


All the cast, musicians and creative team have done a marvellous job here. I fell out of love with panto a few years ago having sat through a couple of less than great ones in a row... But the King's Beauty and the Beast has more than restored my faith. It's panto perfection.


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Playing at the King's Theatre Glasgow until 31 December, rush for tickets before the last petal falls.


📸 Production photos: Richard Campbell



[Review first posted on Instagram 2 December 2022]


🌟 A review of Beauty and the Beast panto at The King's theatre in Glasgow. [Crossroads pantomime, Scottish Theatre, Glasgow 2022] 🌟


🎟️ Disclosure: I was invited to review this show and received a complimentary ticket in exchange. Whether I am invited or not has absolutely no impact on my reviews or star ratings.


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Lisa in the Theatre, UK Theatre blogger / reviewer

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