The kid I was with started crying around about the moment the Goblin King was going to have Princess Petit Filou guillotined. I was pretty tearful myself, having had to leave the Greenwich Theatre’s remarkably pleasant bar, glad of a break from the near relentless fun everyone else was having around me.
Because this ‘Puss in Boots’ really is a cracker. Celeb-free, song-and-dance-heavy and full of heart, it’s carried on the winning ebullience of the cast and the wit of a cheeky yet double-entendre light script by Andrew Pollard who also doubles up – ooh er! – as Fruity Fifi: possibly the most generously endowed dame in London this season.
Set in Paris for no discernable reason other than the opportunity to wear Eiffel Tower hats, the story is load of hooey of course but hard to better if a dancing cat is central to your artistic vision. Everyone is good, not least Kate Malyon as Petit Filou, but particular mention must go to Andonis Anthony who as the Goblin King delivers a turn of such dastardly deliciousness he made at least one little girl cry.
Happily, said child soon cheered up, due to a totally unexpected triumph of good over evil in the latter parts of the production (spoiler alert – no princesses get beheaded in this show) and even suggested she and daddy went back to the bar afterwards. For which, many thanks.
By Michael Hodges
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