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Jack and the Beanstalk review at Town Hall Loughborough

Loughborough loves its traditional panto, successfully delivered by the same company for a decade. The Town Hall took a risk in refreshing it with a wholly new company, but no one needs to worry. It’s better than ever, with the same attention paid to a very good script and story and a dedication to the audience that warms.

A kitchen slapstick scene where James Lacey’s zany Liverpudlian Simon blows his nose on the dough says it all. It’s cheerful, faithful, affectionate panto, stuffed with local references and characterised by refreshingly zany twists such as a UV ballet of storybooks. Morgan Brind’s shrewd and doughty Dame Trott appears in ever more absurd outfits, including a Swiss Army knife and a kitchen range.

Steve Giles is the slimy Cesspit (brother of Brad), always bound to be defeated by Kate Brennan’s eager, conscientious Fairy Story. Princess Jillian (Carly Thoms) is a confident girl whose response to romantic hero Jack’s first overtures is, “Can I get back to you?”. She obviously gets it from her workmanlike father, King William (Mark Jardine), who is bound to be pleased with Benjamin Yates’ Jack. It’s a heart-warming and wholesome show.

Production Information

Town Hall, Loughborough, December 6-January 5

Morgan Brind
Zoe Waterman
Loughborough Town Hall with Little Wolf Entertainment
Cast includes
Morgan Brind, James Lacey, Steve Giles, Kate Brennan, Carly Thoms, Mark Jardine
Running time
2hrs 25mins

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