Despite the constant rushing, holiday planning, and over indulging, I do love December. There’s just so much on for families during the Christmas season and especially in Hertfordshire.
One of the things we also look forward to each year is the Hertford Theatre’s Pantomime – their wonderful musical theatre comedy production that takes place over Christmas and New Year. This was our family’s third trip to the Hertford Theatre Panto in as many years and we love the experience each time we go.
As with many of the pantomimes, the theme is usually fairy-tale in nature. It’s family-friendly (mostly) and the children can anticipate the general plot quite easily. So as a mum of two girls, we jumped at the chance to check out this year’s long-haired panto, Rapunzel.
As with previous years, Rapunzel also didn’t disappoint. It was brought by the same team that produced “Hansel and Gretel” and last year’s “Little Red Riding Hood.” So we knew we were in for a treat.
After a drink and some free face-painting (for the kids), we were called to take our seats. The theatre itself is intimate, so a perfect setting for the pantomime interaction (boo!..no!…look out!) and every comfortable seat has a great view…even for the little ones.
The stage, set, and production value is also always on mark. Upon entering the theatre, you immediately appreciate the stage creative design detail and the work involved to produce such an event.
And then the panto begins. The costumes, props, musical score and accompanying musicians were fantastic; and the performers’ voices, acting, dancing, and of course, the comedic enthusiasm were also of the highest quality. It all certainly solidifies the enjoyment of spending a Saturday night at the Hertford theatre.
So, as with every holiday season, there are many pantomimes and productions on offer; but Mumsnet Herts certainly can’t recommend the Hertford Theatre productions enough. Check it out with your family this December.
For more information or to book tickets: http://www.hertfordtheatre.com/events/detail/1707/rapunzel-2nd-dec-1st-jan
Erin Anderson is a mum-of-two and the Editor of Mumsnet Hertfordshire, Barnet, and Enfield. She is also a freelance tech growth marketer and content writer. Previous career stops include London and San Francisco-based roles at Google, GPJ, and various start-up ventures.