White Christmas at the Mayflower, Southampton

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Dust off your Santa hat and reawaken your Christmas cheer as Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is at The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton.

The stage musical contains enough festive spirit to make Ebenezer Scrooge smile.

Adapted from the 1954 film starring Bing Crosby, the feel good show plays through hits such as Blue Skies, Happy Holiday and White Christmas.

With a full-blown 17-piece orchestra, it tells the story of two people who find love at The Vermont Inn.

Aled Jones played the lead role of Bob Wallace. While his singing voice is something to reckon with, his American accent leaves a little to be desired.

Spectacular tap dancing displays from the characters Phil Davis (Adam Cooper) and Judy Haynes (Louise Bowden).

General Henry Waverly was played by Ken Farrington aka Billy Walker, from Coronation Street. Southampton girl, Carla Arnold, played the General’s 11-year-old granddaughter Susan Waverly. Not to be underestimated, she can sing as well as she smiles.

With fantastically festive jumpers and a flurry of artificial snow, the show ended with White Christmas.

While some might say, sickly sweet, personally, I enjoyed the show and it has me itching to put up the Christmas decorations.

Until November 26.

KIMBERLEY BARBER