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Jack and the Beanstalk

Published Wednesday 19 December 2007 at 15:50 by Bob Fox

It is 21 years since Pantoni first presented pantomime at Yeovil, and Ben Langley’s fifth year in succession starring there, and this was a joyous production where the whole cast appeared to be having fun, and so did a packed house.

Ben Langley is the ideal panto comic, one of the best I’ve ever seen, and how the audience loved him. A terrific performer.

And he is well supported by an outstanding cast, from the experienced Bobby Bennett as a motherly DameTrott who is a master of comedy and pathos, and the villainous Charlotte Milchard who milked the boos for all she was worth.

A likeable King, Philip Herbert, a lovely Princess, Jennifer Hilton with a great singing voice, a truly creepy Fleshcreep, doubling up as the fearsome giant, Oliver Broad and a feisty fairy, Lizzie Frances all kept the panto spirit alive with great performances.

And the Rita Proctor Dancers, the Teensteppers and the Helen Laxton Juveniles really sparkled in some great dance routines with such verve and attack that enhanced the whole production.

Mention must be made of David Lee’s original songs, perfect for this panto and worthy of a West End Musical. Well dressed, with great lighting by Rob Sinnick, and in spite of the lack of a fly tower, imaginative and well staged scenery.

In over 50 years of being associated with pantomimes, I’ve seldom seen a better one.

Production information

Octagon Theatre, Yeovil, December 14-January 5

David Lee
David Lee and Rita Proctor
Pantoni Pantomimes
Cast Includes:
Ben Langley, Bobby Bennett, Charlotte Milchard, Philip Herbert, Lizzie Frances, Jennifer Hilton, Oliver Broad, Rita Proctor Dancers, Rita Proctor Teensteppers, Helen Laxton Juveniles.
Running Time:
2hrs 35mins

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Run sheet

King's Head, Islington London
January 24-February 15 2014