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Jack and the Beanstalk review at Hippodrome Birmingham

“I know a song that will get on your nerves,” is the theme tune of this year’s show with King of the Jungle Joe Pasquale spot on in the lead role. Jokes from I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here are rife throughout the show and Pasquale is very well cast as Jack, being both funny and endearing.

Letitia Dean does not disappoint as Princess Apricot, with her trademark blonde locks and million dollar smile, in fact, she comes across better onstage than on television thanks to her theatrical mannerisms. The Fairy is also charmingly. Veronica Hart is ever so sweet and quirky in the role. The adorable and funny cow is so successfully performed by Ashley Andrews and Jonathan Reynolds that she comes very near to stealing the show. Don Maclean makes the show a true panto with his outrageous dame costumes, make-up and over the top behaviour.

The difficulty of depicting an actual giant is very well overcome with the use of a thundering voice and a truly giant puppet, which has been created with fantastic attention to detail. Jack and the Beanstalk lives up to the expectations of a spectacular show – the full house certainly had its money’s worth of festive entertainment.

Production Information

Hippodrome, Birmingham, December 21-January 30

Paul Elliott
Qdos Entertainment
Cast includes
Joe Pasquale, Letitia Dean, Don Maclean, Jason Pethers, Charile Cairoli, Veronica Hart, Ashley Andrews
Running time
2hrs 20mins

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