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Jack and the Beanstalk review at Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa – ‘a crowd-pleaser’

Jack and the Beanstalk at Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa Jack and the Beanstalk at Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa

Created by Imagine Theatre, this is one of more than 30 pantomimes the Coventry-based company has a hand in this festive season – and the result is a tried and tested recipe.

Jack and the Beanstalk has all the ingredients for the ideal family pantomime and is a sure crowd-pleaser. It is bright and colourful, packed full of jokes and has lots of chances for audience members of all ages to be involved, from a simple sing-a-long to being the on-stage stooge.

JP McCue steals the show as a fabulous Dame Trot who can hold the audience spellbound with a knowing wink. Tottering around in ridiculously high heels and the usual outlandish costumes, he ensures the gags just keep on coming. With quick-fire ad-libs, he’s capable of creating humour out of just about anything – including a couple of wig malfunctions.

McCue has a perfect sidekick in Sean Dodds as Simple Simon, whose jokes are as awful as those found in a Christmas cracker and can only evoke groans.

Directed by Janice Dunn, there are some fantastic props in this show, which features a singing and dancing beanstalk and a stage-dwarfing Giant Blunderbore. They are the added extras that make this show just that little bit magic.

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All eyes are on the dame as she shines in this crowd-pleaser of a pantomime