IT'S Midsummer panto time.

Let me be more Pacific ...

The Royal Court have gone bananas.

The cast and crew are inviting their loyal fans to join them in a raucous romp reunion

of a show with live music and silly jokes.

A re-working of a production that was a scorching success first time around in 2010.

Audiences have grown to love it when the Court rips up the rule books and plays it their way.

Scouse Pacific, by Fred Lawless, was originally a Christmas show - so no change there ... that's snow business.

Now with two of the original cast and a talented new face as well as a versatile ensemble duo it is also suitably updated.

Happily it has all the Court's comic ingredients thrown into the mad mix.

Vaudeville meets The Goons with a copious catalogue of Carry On innuendoes and a range of songs that are open to interpretation.

One such clever adaptation is Bohemian Rhapsody. Here the complex, classic pop song is relayed with collective and individual confidence, clarity and perfect timing.

The plot revolves around Billy Riley (Jake Abraham) who was washed ashore on an island populated mainly by women.

His legacy lives on in 2019 with his ancestor Terry (Jake again) who is married to Mary (Lindzi ) Germain.

The inter-action between these two Court favourites is a big hit with the audience.

Some laugh-out-loud lines are delivered in Sid James and Hattie Jacques bickering style.

Chaos (surely not) arrives in the form of neighbouring Hoylake Island property developer (Stephen Fletcher) and his nephew Richard Head (you get the picture) played by talented newcomer Guy Freeman.

The pair hatch a plan straight out of the cartoon series Wacky Races.

There are plenty of tongue-in-cheek references to Wirral (even the Globe gets a name check).

Much-loved Michael Starke is on form with a slapstick-saturated performance reminiscent of Oliver Hardy morphing into Harry Secombe in a Whoopi Goldberg-infused habit.

He is Sister Mersey.

Enough said.

Jamie Clarke, a LIPA graduate, is street-wise Donna Marie.

The actress excels on her musical numbers notably her gutsy take on Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart.

Howard Gray's three-piece musical band provide the hit songs from Rock the Boat to Let Me Entertain You to All Night Long.

And Mark Walters' colourful pop up set makes you feel like you have stepped inside a huge holiday brochure.

Energetic ensemble duo Abigail Middleton and Maria Molly deserve much praise as does Beverly Edmunds for the sparkling choreography.

This is a 100 per cent Scouse show - an unabashed love letter to Liverpool.

A get-away-from it all comedy musical where you can forget about Brexit and your woes for a while.

A two-hour sunshine soaked stay-cation.


Four stars

The show is on until August 10.

Tickets from the box office on 0151 709 4776.