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