Panto review: Guildford’s Jack and the Beanstalk
13th December 2011
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Once again, Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre comes up trumps at panto time.


This year it’s Jack and the Beanstalk, and what a fun-filled high energy performance it proved to be leaving me exhausted just from watching.


In particular, a very amusing farcical scene featuring Dastardly Dick (Kit Hesketh-Harvey), Simple Simon (Lloyd Hollett) and King Kuthbert (Peter Gordon) and their rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas.  Worth the visit on its own but beware; waterproof mascara is required.


Bonnie Langford shines (literally) as Fairy Fuchsia and Emma Thornett gives a reasonably convincing performance as the thigh-slapping Jack.


While the legendary Royce Mills as Jack’s mother Dame Trott doesn’t disappoint with pantomime dame outfits to turn your stomach – they certainly made me feel unwell.


But the real star of the show is the giant himself.  For once, not just a booming voice you only hear but a real live giant you actually see.  I’ll say no more other than go along and take a look for yourself…


Jack and the Beanstalk runs at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre until Sunday 8 January 2012.  For more information and to book your tickets visit:

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