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Review: The Hertford Theatre’s Production of Rapunzel

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.  Rapunzel_header_for_web2

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 tech content writer Mumsnet EditorErin 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.


The Hertford Theatre Does it Again in the Panto Department   

I always thoroughly enjoy the Hertford Theatre productions and this year’s pantomime, Little Red Riding Hood, is no different. With the intertwining fairytales of the Three Little Pigs and Little Red, the storyline keeps engaging interest for all ages.


It starts with simple Simon, the pig farmer, and his friendship with Little Red. They’re each on their own journeys with Simon searching for his lost little pigs and Red on a journey to deliver some meds to her ill grannie. The trip to grannie’s humble abode has Little Red wandering from set to colourful set meeting many full-of-life characters and most of them are the wolf in sheep’s clothing.

As with any pantomime, there’s the interjection of fun and poppy music. With a play on many pop culture ditties, the journey of tunes carries you from the recurring theme song of Friends, to Coldplay favourites, and some Mary Poppins standards. Familiar songs kept the audience toe tapping, interactively singing, and cast supportive throughout.


Which brings us to the cast…The following words come to mind: magnificent chemistry, quality acting and choreography, and superb vocals. One of the best panto lineups the Hertford Theatre’s produced.


For the two hour and twenty minute runtime, the combination of story, music, and interactivity kept my almost six-year old and me thoroughly entertained. It’s a wonderful Christmas treat for 2016 and we’re looking forward to next year’s production.

Little Red Riding Hood is running at the Hertford Theatre until 1 January so get your tickets fast: