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Jack and the Beanstalk

“Can’t fail to warm the heart”

With its multi-instrumentalist cast and musical direction from Tayo Akinbode, Theatr Clwyd’s Jack and the Beanstalk is a panto that properly rocks and rolls.

But this is only the half of it, because what writer Christian Patterson and director Zoe Waterman deliver here is a great family show. In fact, the generosity of its ensemble makes the whole thing feel like a real family affair, under the gentle matriarchy of Phylip Harries’ outstanding Dame Tegwen Trott. There is palpably so much love and care in this production that it can’t fail to warm the heart.

It’s a show with plenty of girl power too, pairing Peter Mooney’s loveable Jack with Jessica Jolleys’ wilful Jill, and giving a large part of the narrative to two feisty fairies, Daffodil and Poison Ivy.

Patterson has also taken a more balanced approach to Jack’s brother Tommy, played by Ben Locke, allowing him to be a real comic partner, not just the butt of the jokes.

Clwyd’s stage overflows with energy, and particularly impressive are a tremendously effective beanstalk and a proper, dancing pantomime cow who really has the mooves.

Along with the rock comes a lot of soul, making this a genuinely feel-good show.

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Production Details
Production nameJack and the Beanstalk
VenueTheatr Clwyd
StartsNovember 22, 2019
EndsJanuary 18, 2020
Running time2hrs 35mins
AuthorChristian Patterson
DirectorZoe Waterman
Musical directorTayo Akinbode
ChoreographerWill Tuckett
Set designerAdrian Gee
Costume designerAdrian Gee
Lighting designerMark Howland
Sound designerMatthew Williams
Casting directorKay Magson
CastPhylip Harries, Adam Barlow, Lynwen Haf Roberts, Peter Mooney, Ben Locke, Jessica Jolleys, Katie Elin Salt
ProducerTheatr Clwyd
VerdictThere’s magic in much more than just the beans in Clwyd’s rock’n’roll panto
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