Reviewed by Amanda Gazzard
It is the festive season and that can only mean one thing PANTO!
This is fairy tale story but with a twist.
Silly Billy Trot (Bobby Davro) showed how versatile of an actor he can be and truly entertained the audience with not just his acting and comical skills but also his singing talents.
Jack Trot (Lee Mead) excelled with his singing and dancing abilities.
Mother Nature (Stacey Soloman) proved she has not lost her vocal skills and combined with her acting made a truly powerful combination.
Fleshcreep (Robin Askwith) truly played his character well and the little ones booed to their hearts content at this nasty villain.
Princess Apricot (Stephanie Clift) sang beautifully and the onstage chemistry between her character and Jack, I had no doubt made many of the females in the audience slightly jealous.
Dame Trot (David Phipps-Davies) wowed the audience with his amazing classical voice and without giving too much away his costumes were amazing and was born to play a Dame.
Jack lives with his mother Dame Trot and brother Silly Billy. Jack falls in love with Princess Apricot who gets taken by the villain of the panto Fleshcreep.
To rescue Princess Apricot they sell the family cow Daisy (played by herself) for what they think is gold but instead are normal beans. Mother Nature steps in and waves her magic wand and the beans grow overnight. Jack and his family climb to the castle in the sky where Jack battles with the giant to rescue his young princess.
From young to old you will not be left disappointed.
Junior Masters the local performing arts group showed off their dance moves and proved why they have returned to support this year’s panto.
Without giving to much away and spoiling it the auditorium was filled with hysterical laughter and the audience did not let the cast down and stepped up each time they were prompted to participate.
The musical choices were very current and Bobby Davro without a doubt stole the show with his lyrically montage scene.
The 2nd half was nothing short of genius; you will have to watch it to find out as I can’t give all the surprises away!
To avoid driving around looking for a parking space the easiest place to park for free after 6pm is the sea front. It’s only a short walk up the steps to the theatre.
The theatre has a varied range of confectionary and beverages to purchase before, during and following the performance.
A very deserving 5 out of 5 stars from me and I have even purchased tickets to go back and see it as it was one of the best panto’s I have watched at the Cliffs Pavilion.
Tickets cost from £20.50 to £40.50 (booking fees may apply).
Jack and The Beanstalk is at the Cliffs Pavilion from Saturday 16 December 2017 to 7 January 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit southendtheatres.org.uk or call the box office on 01702 351135.
Cliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 7RA | 01702 351135