Beauty and the Beast review at Jacksons Lane London
Jacksons Lane’s adaptation of this timeless classic is beautifully touching and fresh with dark undertones which give the production some real depth.
Adrian Berry has really brought out the moving love story in Beauty and the Beast and has given it a 21st century feel. The cast is wonderful and act with real gusto. Although singing is not their forte, the musical scenes are lovely.
Lizzie Wort is perfect as Beauty – fresh, beautiful and full of passion. She works brilliantly with Richard Albrecht, who is a loveable and convincing papa.
Patience and Precious have been re-invented as modern It-girls and spark the best laughs – Suzann McLean and Georgiana James are great with bucketfuls of attitude. An impressive professional debut for James.
The production does not do itself justice by marketing itself as a Christmas show for all the family. The emotional appeal, societal innuendos and humour are more suitable for adults than children. It is also not a panto although some in the audience thought it was and shouted panto-style comments at the actors – there is no slapstick and virtually no intentional interaction with the public.
It is a thoughtful and tasteful Christmas show for the more grown-up.
Jacksons Lane, London, December 14 – January 7
- Adrian Berry
- Lisa Spirling
- Jacksons Lane
- Cast includes
- Lizzie Wort, Andy Fox, Richard Albrecht, Suzann McLean, Georgiana James
- Running time
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