Review: White Christmas at Kings Theatre, Southsea

The stars of the South Downe Musical Society's stage version of White Christmas
The stars of the South Downe Musical Society's stage version of White Christmas
Matt Jones as Rudyard Kipling and Lynn Pegler as his wife Carrie.

Playwright brings Kipling’s story back to Hampshire

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Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is well known for the song of the same name, and crooners Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye in santa suits.

With the festive season nearly upon us I couldn’t resist a trip to the Kings Theatre to see South Downe Musical Society’s stage version of the film.

The musical follows Broadway stars Bob Wallace and Phil Davis as they attempt to win the love of singing sisters, Betty and Judy. The guys follows the gals to Vermont, America, and the song and dance duo decide to put on a show.

Alan Jenkins, playing Phil, excels in the role and delivers crisp vocals while Alex Hillman, playing Bob, dances like a dream.

The ladies are cracking too and Samantha Kelly (Betty) is excellent alongside Jane Pedler giving strong support.

And let’s not forget the outstanding orchestra and children’s choir – a nice touch.

Are you looking for a show that’s going to get you in the festive spirit? Then don’t miss this. I felt like I’d walked out of a glittering Christmas card.

Until tomorrow.