On this Day 26th December 1937

Beauty and the Beast at the Penzance Pavilion

I SAY! I SAY! I SAY!”

The Pavilion Theatre, Penzance c 1935 (courtesy of Morrab Library Photo Archive)Penzance people love a good pantomime and this year’s “Beauty and the Beast” will be talked about for many weeks to come. Presented by Mr Slack and his galaxy of talent it runs at The Pavilion for two weeks and is unanimously reckoned another triumph writes the reviewer, one Lanyon Cromlech.

 

 

HE’S JUST BEHIND YOU!” “OH NO, HE’S NOT!” “OH YES HE IS!”

Some of the characters appear as a new addition to the traditional story; thus we are introduced to the “Ten Little Graces ... who swept themselves immediately into the hearts of the audience”, a troupe of acrobats who formed a “really clever pyramid”, and a Fairy whose sylph-like movement is much admired.

Stanhope Alexander Forbes 1857-1947 The Violinist [Walter Barnes, Conductor of the Penzance Orchestral Society] Oil on canvas, 92  x 71.5 cm Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance, on loan from the Penzance Orchestral Society © The Artist’s Estate / Bridgeman ImagesIn fact the story of “Beauty and the Beast” appears to be merely a framework on which to hang a variety show of gags, topical jokes and local references; many different styles of dance, excellent singing with special reference to “The Little Boy Santa Forgot”, Mr Walter Barnes’ live orchestra and the big chorus were all rapturously applauded.

After 3 ½ hours of tip-top entertainment with never a pause let alone a dull moment the audience gave the ensemble a rousing reception. Mr Cromlech reminds his readers that as packed houses are anticipated they should buy their ticket, put on their Christmas jersey and turn up for an unforgettable evening out.

 




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