Pharaoh 'Cross The Mersey
by Fred Lawless
Until 6th January 2016
Pharaoh 'Cross The Mersey is the seventh Christmas production at the
Royal Court for writer Fred Lawless, bringing back Lindzi Germain, Hayley
Hampson and Michael Fletcher from his previous onstage tributes to his
hometown of Liverpool.
We begin in Cairo with Daisy and Boris, played by Hampson and Fletcher,
who were last seen in the Antarctic, in Fred Lawless' production of Scouse
of the Antarctic. A camp tour guide and larger than life market sellers
introduce the story through a hilarious and cheeky opening number, where
we get our first taste of Lindzi Germain's powerful vocals.
Later, through the power of the Liverbird (an engagement present to Daisy
from Boris), we are taken back in time to Ancient Egypt where everyone
has a Scouse accent and the camels can tap dance.
Andrew Schofield steals the show with his hilarious performance as Bill,
slave to King Tut, and foul mouthed, lovingly sarcastic Queen Nefertiti,
who can belt out a tune and doesn't stand any messing.
Like every panto there is plenty of flirting with the audience, and Michael
Fletcher's very funny scene, involving a slight love potion mishap, is
The musical numbers throughout the production are a refreshing blend
of classics to modern pop, including a fantastically sassy rendition of
Beyonce's Crazy In Love.
There's not much time to catch your breath between jokes as Schofield
and Danny O'Brien bring the classic Liverpudlian sarcasm and wit, balanced
nicely with the old Christmas cracker jokes, delivered with enthusiasm
by Michael Starke, only to receive a groan from the audience at every
With sparkly Liverbirds, a big nosed Spinx (surprisingly no reference
to Ringo Starr), cheeky humour and a happy ending, Pharaoh 'Cross The
Mersey will sit proudly in the history of the Royal Court.
Comment left by Peter laugharne on 12th December, 2015 at 20:58
Been to see all of Fred's plays,top playright.has his finger on the scouse comedy pulse!