Sleeping Beauty at Key Theatre

Last year for Christmas my mum had bought us tickets to the pantomime. As a family, we had never been before and it had literally been years since I last went. We watched Dick Whittington at the Key Theatre, you can read it here. We loved it and the boys all had a great time! This year we were invited back to the Key Theatre to watch and review Sleeping Beauty.

When we woke up on Sunday, everywhere and I mean everywhere was covered in Snow! The boys were all rather excited to be outside playing and throwing snowballs. I got rather concerned that maybe the show would be postponed or cancelled. I had told the boys we were going and they couldn’t wait. Luckily a quick tweet and confirmation came that the show will go on!

When needed to collect our tickets from the box office so we aimed to get there at 3.30pm we figured that it would be plenty of time. IT turned out to be the perfect amount of time. As we went last year we kinda knew what we needed to do and how things worked. It also meant the boys also remembered the flashing lights you can buy!

All rather reasonably priced at under £5 per item. I must add we had to take 2 of the coloured space sabres back as they no longer worked (despite the boys not really using them), they were more than happy to exchange. Since writing this another has broken, so whether they are worth the money I will leave that to you.


As we walked upstairs I immediately noticed that this year they had a little kiosk stands by the theatre doors. The Kiosk stands were selling refreshments and of course, it was rather busy, so we went to the bar instead. Normally, I would pack in some sweets or things but I completely forgot so we had decided to buy something for the boys along with a drink. Fruit shoots were priced at £1.50 a bottle, and for £10 we managed to get 3 bottles, small coke and a pint of larger. It wasn’t until afterwards that I noticed this little sign on the small kiosks by the theatre doors. It certainly isn’t shouted about.

But for £3.50 it is a bargain! and had I known about it beforehand then I would have just bought these. You also get a small tub of ice-cream for the interval. Not long after getting our refreshments we went to our seats. The entrances are split either side of the bar with lower seat numbers on the right and higher seats on the left. There are also plenty of booster cushions for younger children, which we took full advantage of for Arthur.

Sleeping Beauty

One thing I LOVE about the Key Theatre is the seating. The seats are all tiered and placed in a position that no matter where you are sitting you have a great view of the stage.

The show is 135 minutes long (with an interval around half way though) and takes you back to 14th-century Fenland where with the King Donald Trumpet and Queen Iona Trumpet rule the land. The king and queen along with the 3 fairies, Chamberlain Potty and Jingles the Jester must protect Aurora from the evil Carabosse. Carabosse (the ex fiance of King Trumpet) had placed a curse on Aurora on the day of her naming ceremony. Aurora was then sent to live on her own with her 3 (good) fairy godmothers who with the help of Jingle the Jester looked after her until the day before her 18th birthday.

The entire show is full of jokes that both young and old will love! We especially loved the references to Donald Trump! and I loved the Taylor Swift parody, the girls sat behind me also loved it and was laughing and trying to sing along. The boys loved all the jokes from Jingles the Jester. Whom, by the way, is the boy’s favourite character!

What we loved

There was also lots of audience participation from booing and hissing whenever Carabosse came on stage to shouting “He’s behind you” whenever you spotted the trolls! Queen Iona was fabulous at coming up with on the spot jokes, especially when a family arrived late to the show! and Carabosse getting the giggles (not sure if it was all part of the act) was funny regardless! Another thing I love is that the instruments are also played by the characters too! Robert Hazle (Chamberlain Potty) also takes control as the musical director with perfectly timed sound effects. From Saxophones to flutes to guitars and drums all played by the talented actor!

Sleeping Beauty is on until January 7th 2018 and is a must see! To find out more information visit The Key Theatre’s webpage.

I would love to know if you have been to see Sleeping Beauty yet? We are already looking forward to Peter Pan in 2018!


  1. December 12, 2017 / 11:04 am

    Oh wow that sounds lovely, we like to take the kids to the Panto but haven’t decided where yet. I had forgotten about The Key x

  2. Heather
    December 17, 2017 / 8:32 am

    What age would you say this is suitable from? I really want to go but I think my toddler would be bored….

    • December 17, 2017 / 4:11 pm

      Hi Heather,
      My 4 year old loved it, but during the second half his concentration started going. If your toddler can sit through a film, you maybe fine. There are lots of audience participation.

  3. December 23, 2017 / 8:23 am

    I’ve never seen Sleepong Beauty as a panto. Sounds great and that theatre snack deal is exceptionally good value!

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