Jack and the Beanstalk review at Theatre Royal Bath
Chris Harris brings both know-how and joie de vivre to the dual task of playing the dame and directing the Bath panto for the second year running.
All the traditional ingredients are here, although rather less familiar is his hilarious take on Frankie Vaughan’s Give Me the Moonlight alongside Graham Seed’s splendid King. There is even space to refer to the capture of Saddam Hussein not to mention England’s Rugby World Cup success.
One or two recent Bath pantomimes have been of the curate’s egg variety but this time there is all round strength in both the storytelling and the excellent cast.
Sherrie Hewson’s Fairy laces proceedings with a bubbly sense of fun, while her dastardly opponent Fleshcreep is kept comfortably the right side of camp by Shaun Curry. James McCourt, as Simple Simon, is not the first former Disney Channel presenter to make his pantomime mark this year in a Silly Billy role, while Kate Weston and Rachel Mulcahy are glamorous and likeable as the principal boy and girl. Heidi Marie White successfully handless the choreography for the fifth year running.
Theatre Royal Bath, December 18-January 25
- Tom Bright, with additional material by Chris Harris
- Chris Harris
- UK Productions
- Cast includes
- Sherrie Hewson, James McCourt, Chris Harris, Graham Seed, Shaun Curry, Kate Weston, Rachel Mulcahy
- Running time
- 2hrs 25mins
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