Robinson Crusoe -First Night Review

Once again, we found ourselves at the opening night of the Friends of the Art Theatre pantomime in New Mills and, as usual, we were not disappointed.  It was a great traditional family show with humour for the adults as well as the children, in fact some jokes even made me laugh and I thought I’d heard them all!

Apart from some first night nerves, which is understandable, the show opened with what seemed to be the whole cast on stage – bright and colourful and soon got under way at great pace.  All the chorus and dancers are given pirate names – Marcy Cooper, aged 7, shone through for me showing no sign of nerves!

All the Principals were strong and gave fine performances, however, special mention must be given to Coral, Spirit of The Seas (Alice Bowden) very bright and cheery, Poll (Isabel Fletcher-Shaw) her parrot was amazing and finally Nutty Nick (Stewart Bowden) who stole the show for me, great timing, movement and humour. He gave a better performance than a lot of professionals I’ve seen.

Well done to the director (Rob Brittles) Choreographer (Cathryn Yates) and the Musical Director (Tim Walker) who managed to produce a great pantomime between them, which is never easy when there is limited time and budget to put an amateur show on.  Oh – and the three numbers from The Greatest Showman – spot on!

Message to cast:  you have a great show there, just go out and give it your all and enjoy yourselves.

So, book now for the last performances next weekend you won’t be disappointed, it will brighten up your day!

Adrian Leggett

TICKETS:  Adults £10 – Under 16’s £8 – Boxes (5 x seats) £50 – Matinees sell out very quickly and are always full houses: (bookings fees apply)

Tickets are also on sale in the centre of New Mills at A Allen & Son, 45 Union Road – no booking fees

Tickets on sale at the Box Office – no booking fees – for opening times, group bookings etc. Tel: 07983 344 862 or


8th & 9th February at 7.15pm

9th February at 2.15pm

The Art theatre has a beautiful 500 seater auditorium comprising of Stalls, Dress Circle and Boxes.  It is, and has been for 60 years now, entirely run and supported by society volunteers, providing live entertainment for the community.  All profits from ticket sales go back into the upkeep of the theatre.  To find out more about the Art Theatre visit our website –

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