‪The Capitol, Horsham‬

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James S
ديسمبر 2021
‪I’ve been going to the Horsham Panto for as long as I can remember and the Capitol always put on a professional Panto which was fun for the whole family. We laughed, were mesmerised and generally had a fantastic time…not this year I’m afraid.

The script was devoid of any laughs, the kids around me were bored and fidgety and there was no Panto magic. The costumes were I gather from a charity shop, there was no real scenery to speak of with the actors often standing on a pretty much empty stage.

For the cost of the ticket I was very disappointed. We also went to The Hawth this year to see Cinderella. The tickets cost more but my goodness what a show. I hope The Capitol returns to the more traditional Panto next year.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 3 يناير 2022
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James E
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ديسمبر 2021
‪After the terrible time we’ve all had with Covid, I was very much looking forward to returning to the Capitol this year for the Pantomime.
I booked as soon as I could and the kids were really looking forward to our return trip after seeing the previous Peter Pan, and before that, Sleeping Beauty.

I am going to be as constructive as I can in my review, but I am sorry to say that sadly I was very unimpressed with this year’s production.

First of all, hats off to the Capitol of managing to stage a panto this year; it can’t have been an easy feat after the last 18 months of closures/openings the building has had.

The first thing that struck me this year was the poster; not your traditional looking poster, having seen a very traditional-looking Aladdin in Crawley not that long ago. The costumes appeared bright but not what you’d expect to see on a Pantomime poster. So far, nothing to be too alarmed about.

As a pantomime lover, I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never been to an alternative pantomime before and it seems that the Capitol has tried to dip it’s toes into this genre, but it was a gamble that didn’t pay off, in my opinion.

The Music

The show began with a rousing overture, usually consisting of a musical taster of what’s to come in the panto. One of the sections was, “Oh The Things You Can Think” from Seussical the Musical, a song that oddly didn’t appear later in the pantomime…
The song choices in the panto didn’t get me excited, especially when some of the numbers appeared to be too low or too high for the performer singing them. At one point, the princess sang the whole love duet down the octave which was so underwhelming.

The Set

One of the opening scenes where we are introduced to Aladdin and his family is usually a highlight with a high energy number, full of dancing and smiling faces. The first thing we are met with is what looks like a projected set, all flat, with what looks like cut-outs of Horsham town centre. After being cooped up in Horsham for near enough two years, the last thing I wanted to be reminded of was the town centre, and the park where I was taking my socially distanced walks. I was hoping to be transported to a far off land. Not this time.
Oddly, the Horsham Bandstand was a firm feature on the stage and this housed the panto band. It’s a shame they had their backs to us throughout and they weren’t involved in any of the action at all. The Bandstand didn’t even do anything clever, like transform into something else, or move. It was as if the attitude was, ‘Well, we’ve built it now, we’ve gotta use it somehow’.

As the panto progressed, we were met with more ‘projected/flat’ sets that, although I could see the idea behind them, they simply did not serve the pantomime in a successful way. At £25.00 a ticket, I hoped for something with a bit of sparkle and magic, not cut outs and projected illustrations of Horsham town centre.
The Finale set was also very disappointing. Usually adorned with a lavish staircase, the finale is usually a real highlight. Unfortunately all that was mustered this year was another flat horsham back-drop and a wilting balloon arch which was very small and almost dwarfed in such an empty space. Balloons? Fine for a birthday party, not a professional pantomime.

The Costumes

As demonstrated on the poster, I knew it would be different but I was so disappointed by this year’s efforts. Sadly, the costumes resembled more of a charity shop than it did a professional pantomime. The Dame’s costumes looked like they came straight off the peg at New look, and didn’t look comical at all.
It was a similar story for the rest of the cast’s costumes. If I was told this was a school production, I would have believed it. Do I need to say again, £25.00 a ticket?

The Story

This production of Aladdin was set in the far east, more accurate to the story’s origins and I quite liked this touch; again, I’m all for different and unusual, but only if it’s done well.
One of the first disappointments came when the Twankey Family didn’t run a launderette, but instead, some hummus business? This part of the story, or why it was different was never explained or explored successfully. There were no jokes to be had here, and there were certainly none delivered so why was it changed? It just didn’t make any sense to me. I’m used to seeing a comedy laundrette scene and there was nothing in it’s place.

The jokes were so few and far between and there was barely any audience participation. At one point, the Dame actually replied to an audience reluctant response with “careful, you’re turning this into a pantomime”. The gentleman next to me muttered under his breath, “It’s about time!”

With no classic panto routines, except the ghost scene which was very laboured, aided by actors who appeared bored with it already, and we hadn’t even reached Christmas yet.
The cast did attempt the Twelve Days of Christmas, though. But it was again very slow paced.

The highlight of any production of Aladdin is usually the magic carpet ride. This started off very promising. Aladdin was behind a screen and projections were used to give the illusion of the night sky whilst he was impressively in mid air, riding the carpet.
The screen then was taken away and Aladdin started to move forward towards the audience, for all of five seconds and before we knew it, it was the end of the song! After almost two hours of my two sons restlessness at slow paced scenes and little audience participation to keep them interested, I was banking on this to get them excited. As soon as Aladdin journeyed over the audience, they stood up and pointed, and then all the lights went out and we were into the next scene.

The Cast

I don’t want this to be personal because I know everyone on the stage deserved to be there, and looking at their previous work in the programme, it all appears very impressive. But I did notice a lack of pantomime experience in the biographies and this definitely showed. Everything was played so seriously. It’s Panto, not Pinter!
Aladdin was played by local lad, Toby, a seasoned West End pro, with a lovely voice and a strong appearance. Sadly his energy was low and he came across very wooden at times, and seemed to be uncomfortable when talking directly to us, the audience.
The princess had a strong voice, but it didn’t seem to reach it’s full potential. Sadly the song’s didn’t help and they appeared to not suit her voice very well.
The Dame is usually central to any pantomime. Sadly, me and the boys weren’t very interested. When she picked on a man on the front row, the audience was cringing by the Dame’s old fashioned remarks, when this should be hilarious for us to witness. Her energy was low throughout and her facial expression often portrayed someone who didn’t want to be there. When she had a line, she came alive. When someone else was speaking, it’s as if she switched off.
Frankie Twanky was played by a young Scottish Actress with a good amount of energy. Sadly her catch phrase wasn’t very catchy, so every time she came on, the audience had no idea what to shout back at her. Also, at times, I did find her stunning Scottish accent quite difficult to understand, which led to many of her lines being dropped and jokes not landing with us. Maybe the script just wasn’t very funny? I don’t know. Her song at the end was about mashing avocados. Why not make this about hummus? To be honest, I was past caring at this point.
Abanazar had a good energy with an amazing spoken and singing voice. I was very impressed with his tone, and his Jack-Skeleton like performance. The rolled R in his voice was starting to grate by the end of the evening, though.
The Genie of the Lamp was the same actress as the Genie of the Ring. The script made comments about financial pressure in hiring two actors for this, but it took me a while to process this as the two characters were very similar. I didn’t Warm to the actress playing her. He facial expressions were cold and aloof. There’s also nothing wrong with her choice of accents to differentiate the two characters, but the two were both quite aggressive which didn’t help the character’s likability.
The stand out for me was the gentleman playing the Sultan. He was charming and delivered a lot of his lines out to the audience. He had a kind face and played the comedy very well in his duet with the Dame. More of him please!
The professional and children dancers were a highlight, although low in numbers this year, they had a great energy. I wished we saw more of them in the show.
Overall, I do think most of the principles were miscast in this pantomime, with the lack of experience coming across. I missed the familiar faces of previous years.

In summary, I was very underwhelmed by this year’s offering by the Capitol. I don’t know what has happened behind the scenes but it was a real Turkey this year, if you pardon the pun.
With a mis-cast cast, unfunny script, unenthusiastic direction (at several points, all the actors were just stood in a line across the stage) poor song choices, charity shop costumes and a colouring book set, this production had so many flaws, it’s difficult to imagine me returning next year unless all of these points are addressed.

As ever, the staff were friendly and the foyer looked welcoming. I enjoyed the refurbished bar area with comfortable seating. This building deserves a better production.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 27 ديسمبر 2021
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‪Southwater‬, UK33 مساهمة
العائلة • ديسمبر 2021
‪What a great night (23/12) aside from the fact I was picked out by Miss Twanky (to the delight of my children & wife) it was incredible.

We are soo thankful that the cast managed to put on the show despite Aladdin coming down with covid. The replacement / actors were excellent….. what a fantastic start to our Christmas celebrations.

Thanks again, keep up the good work.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 24 ديسمبر 2021
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Kayleigh H
الأصدقاء • ديسمبر 2021
‪This is a tough one to write. Have been coming to the theatre for pantomime for years and always found it to be a magical spectacle.
We were excited to return this year and ended up so disappointed.
As ever, the staff at the theatre are lovely and helpful, but the show itself was a real shame.
Considering how much we had spent on tickets and the fact that tickets have gone up in price again for next year’s panto, I can’t believe what we were offered for our money.
It was like some of the cast didn’t want to be there. Costumes were bland (why was the sultan in a cardigan?), none of the jokes landed and the stage was empty apart from the bandstand and some projections.
The big finale….wasn’t a big finale. Instead they walked down to bow through a small balloon arch?
It was honestly like watching an am dram show. After previous years, maybe my expectations were too high. I had seen Aladdin at the Capitol years before and it was brilliant. Super funny, magical and the costumes and set were wonderful.
What happened? The kids sat around us were bored. I’ve never seen that at a panto before.
Next year, for the same price, I’ll be going to Crawley, at least we’re guaranteed a fun celebrity and a magical (and most importantly FUNNY) show.
I just want to add, this is absolutely nothing against the theatre or the staff. I appreciate it’s tough to put a show up, but the bar had been set in previous years and I can’t work out what on Earth happened this year.
Such a shame. As an audience member it seemed like zero effort has been put in and a load of singers had been cast who have no idea how to tell a joke.
Horsham deserves better. The theatre deserves better. The staff of the theatre deserve a better show. Such a shame.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 16 ديسمبر 2021
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‪Kettering‬, UK4,049 مساهمة
سبتمبر 2021
‪You cant miss this building, on your way from the railway station, or from the Town Centre, very light, with its glass front, well worth a visit, even if your not going to the cinema or concert.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 22 سبتمبر 2021
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Jamie Friday
هورشام, UK6 مساهمات
أكتوبر 2020
‪First, live show I have visited since lockdown and the Capitol make me feel safe and welcome from when you first walk in the doors. We were met by a front of house host who checked our tickets and gave us instructions on where to go and some of the COVID elements. Just inside the venue you get to the bar area which is very welcoming and you don't notice the COVID screens. They just merge into the surroundings. The bar serves a range of local on-tap beers and ciders. All ordered via an app and delivered to your table or theatre seat. The show was amazing and had me laughing from beginning to end. Would highly recommend this local gem. Will be booking again soon.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 11 أكتوبر 2020
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هورشام, UK49 مساهمة
زوجان • مارس 2020
‪What a great concert by a seasoned and highly talented performer.
We always want to see and hear originals. No copies or tributes for us.
We were treated to a great performance, with first class support.
What a shame Barbara is only here for the one night and then moving on, as more would have had an opportunity to see this great talent giving performances of her folk and contemporary work.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 14 مارس 2020
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Hi, thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are delighted that you enjoyed Barbara's performance and we hope to see you again in the not too distant future when we are able to re-open our facilities. Kind regards,
كُتب بتاريخ 23 مارس 2020
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‪Horsham District‬, UK149 مساهمة
مارس 2020
‪The Capitol in Horsham has two small cinemas + a large theatre, the train station is a short walk & there is good parking nearby (I parked in the BT exchange carpark which is free after 5pm)) It is easy to book seats online, the staff are always very friendly + helpful & the venue is well kept & very clean as are the cloakrooms.
I went to see the film Military Wives with a friend yesterday , it was showing in Screen One which is upstairs, we had excellent seats 8 & 9 in Row M at the top of the central aisle so had an uninterrupted view of the screen. There is a lift to this level + also a cloakroom.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 8 مارس 2020
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Hi Jillian, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit and found the facilities and staff on site helpful, we hope to see you again in the future when our facilities are able to re-open. Kind regards,
كُتب بتاريخ 23 مارس 2020
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هورشام, UK1,054 مساهمة
يناير 2020
‪We went to see 1917, more of which later. It was showing in the main theatre which is quite unusual but perfect sound and vision with the theatre surroundings. Staff look after you with a smile always.
1917? Filmed hand held but not shakey in what appears to be a single shot. As it is a wobbly show you may get motion sickness.
We will be back but not to see another film made in this style!‬
كُتب بتاريخ 25 يناير 2020
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Hi, thank you for taking the time to write a review, we're glad you enjoyed the film and we look forward to seeing you again soon! Kind regards.
كُتب بتاريخ 27 يناير 2020
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هورشام, UK4 مساهمات
نوفمبر 2019
‪Good venue with equally good staff, both ticketing and running the bar! The auditorium is well spaced with excellent seating, both in terms of comfort and also the slope of the floor meaning that you should be able to see over the head of the person in front!‬
كُتب بتاريخ 10 يناير 2020
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Hi Fred, Thank you for taking the time to write a review, we're glad you enjoyed your visit to The Capitol, we hope to see you again soon! Kind regards.
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