Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Jack and the Beanstalk Lawrence Batley Theatre Pantomime review

My husband and I went to see this Pantomime before Christmas and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

This was a truly inventive, for all the family pantomime which had us laughing to the point of almost hyperventilation.  The set was psychedelic and colourful, as were the costumes, and a strong script and acting elevated what could have been a by-the-book pantomime into an original and modern fast-paced spectacular.

Thomas Cotran as Jack and Megan Turner, Jill, have chemistry and engaging personality.  Heather Pheonix entertaining as both fortune teller Fortuna and twin Spatula, the Giant's cook.  James McClean is a camp villain, as Nightshade think Craig Revel-Horward meets male Taylor Swift, and Declan Wilson great comedy timing as King Crackpot.  Dame Dorothy Trott steals the show, acted superbly by Robin Simpson and we particularly loved the bohemian rhapsody set piece and the hilarious double-entendres.

With excellent singing throughout and plenty of audience interaction for the little ones, this is a treat of a pantomime that you should rush to see, as it is sure to set up a Happy New Year.

A colourful, inventive and fast paced treat.                                   10/10

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Runs until Saturday, 6 January 2018 10am, 2:30pm and 7pm performances

Main stage, performance times vary
£18 - £12 / Child under 16 £2 off / Kirklees Passport holders £3 off
Family Tickets: 
Four tickets for £60 (must include two under 16s)
Audio Described performance: Thu 14 Dec 10am. BSL Interprited performance: Tue 19 Dec, 7pm. Relaxed Performance: Wed 3 Jan 2.30pm
Fundraising Performance in aid of Kirkwood Hospice: Saturday 9 December, 2.30pm
Join the LBT this Christmas for a giant of a pantomime.

Times are hard for young Jack and his mother. Forced to sell his beloved cow, poor Jack comes home with nothing but a few beans. But when the beans grow into a giant beanstalk, Jack finds himself in a whole new world of thrills and adventure.

Brought to you by the same creative team behind LBT’s sell-out 2016 pantomime Cinderella, including director Joyce Branagh and writer Andrew Pollard, JACK & THE BEANSTALK will feature everything you love about a traditional panto – laughs galore, magnificent live music and spectacular costumes. Get ready for us to take you high above the clouds on a magical journey.

For a full schedule of performance times please click here

‘Fantastic, camp and sparkly fun for all the family'
'A sparkling evening of festive fun and frolics'
'Joyce Branagh's production is particularly fast-moving, with strong performances all down the line'
'Everything you could possibly want from a panto'

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