Kenneth back in spotlight as pantomime dame

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Hometown hero Robin Hood has returned to his familiar stamping ground - in Nottinghamshire - and so too has the county’s number one panto dame.

After three years away from the stage, Kenneth Alan Taylor is back in the spotlight to star in a panto which he has written and directed, his 29th festive creation for Nottingham Playhouse.

Playing Nurse Nelly Noggins, he makes an entrance fit for a Hollywood star appearing in a glittery gown on a golden staircase with the sign Hello Nelly twinkling above the stage and a variation on Hello Dolly sung by cast members.

Kenneth comes close to being upstaged by a cute fluffy bunny in Nurse Nelly’s kitchen, which is the kids’ favourite scene, and has everyone howling with laughter at his trademark gag: nightie, nightie, pyjama, pyjama,.

The teenagers go wild doing all the actions to Gangnam Style, led by Kenneth and John Elkington, who is a superb as the Sheriff of Nottingham, so much so that it’s hard to get them off stage long enough for Robin Hood to propose to Maid Marian.

Adam Barlow leaves the ladies all of a-quiver as the handsome Robin, interacts well with the audience and has such a great vocal range that his hirer can be forgiven for casting a lad from Bolton as Nottinghamshire’s legendary hero.

His sidekick Tim Frater as Will Scarlett spends more time in dresses than a tabard, generating laughs with characterisations of busty German gladiator, Brownie leader and pious nun.

Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood runs at Nottingham Playhouse until Saturday, January 19.