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Jack and the Beanstalk

Published Wednesday 19 December 2012 at 19:25 by Gareth K Vile

Although a relatively recent addition to the Glaswegian pantomime season, the SECC’s entry makes up for what it lacks in tradition with energy and special effects.

Featuring a loud sound system, state of the art 3D projections (including monsters that are a little harsh for the youngest audience members), a live horse, a pantomime cow, Janette Krankie back on the aerial wires, John Barrowman toying with gay humour, a polished dance troupe, a sword fight and a patriotic final singalong - this Jack and the Beanstalk constantly entertains at a high pitch.

The chemistry between the Krankies and Barrowman makes it difficult to tell which gags are scripted and which ad-libbed - if the humour tends towards the fruity, it is never too obvious. Barrowman enjoys getting intimate with the audience during a Glaswegian version of The Twelve Days of Christmas while Janette Krankie steals the show with a solo number.

The show nicely balances local humour with a determinedly modern stagecraft - when Barrowman rides a horse on stage or fights the giant in a sequence that seems ripped from a video game, it becomes clear that Qdos will spare no expensive to make the SECC pantomime the most vibrant, energetic and essential in Glasgow.

Production information

Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow, December 15-January 6

Alan McHugh, Jonathan Kiley
Jonathan Kiley
Cast includes:
John Barrowman, Janette Krankie, Ian Krankie, Pete Gallagher, Ashleigh Gray, Lisa-Anne Wood, Sean Scanlan
Running time:
2hrs 10mins

Production information displayed was believed correct at time of review. Information may change over the run of the show.

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Run sheet

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