Review of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ at The Queen’s Theatre

It’s the time of year we enjoy all the fun of the fair as Panto season has hit us and The Queen’s Theatre has not 1 but 3 shows to offer us.

As well as the panto ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’

They also present us with ‘Sparky the Elf and The Secret Toyshop’ for 6-11 year olds in Romford

But the show we first saw was ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’, a show aimed towards the 3 – 7 year old audience.

The show, based apong the classic poem written by Clement Clarke Moore, stars Samuel Ward-Smith as the Storyteller who shows us around his bedroom and tells the tale of the night he saw Saint Nick.

Sam does a great job of reprising the role he previously performed at Rainham Hall National Trust last year and it’s great to see him back at The Queen’s Theatre.

The show is set in the constricted space of The Queen’s Theatre Rehearsal Space the setting allows a lot of audience interaction, Sam comes down to the level of the younger audience who were always very keen to get involved.

All through the night the performance uses music and sound effects which does a great job to take us into the mind of young Sam, with a feeling of closeness and intermittently and that we should hide and be prepared as Father Christmas could turn up at any minute.

My 6 year old daughter said she absolutely loved it and it was worth going to see just to get her interested in the original poem. The whole afternoon was thoroughly aimed in her direction with a character that really thought like her and other children in her age range.