This is the best pantomime to be staged at the Pomegranate in many years. It’s a high quality show blessed with a fine cast that gels together perfectly.
It also contains a number of surprises, including a car ride sequence, achieved via back-projection, and a stunning fire-eating routine from Alexander Lee, stepping aside momentarily from his main duties as the wicked Fleshcreep.
Hardworking funnyman Paul Eastwood, as Simon Trott, provides much of the comedy. He’s an amiable performer who appeals as much to adults as children, though his singalong, with several audience members on stage, is a bit of a let down.
There are hints of Les Dawson to Simon Howe’s Dame Trott. Musically, Lee Latchford-Evans brings Steps-star quality to the role of Jack Trott. He is particularly impressive when duetting with the excellent Andrea Valls, as Princess Jess. Janine Pardo, as Spirit of the Beans, also demonstrates a fine singing voice.
The problem of how to present the beanstalk on stage is effectively dealt with via video projection. The dancers are impressive, not least in a 42nd Street-inspired tap routine which, like the rest of this show, has plenty of pizzazz.