Reviewed by Amanda Gazzard
Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum, means only one thing, panto!!
This is the classic story of Jack and the Beanstalk with a twist, written by Andrew Pollard.
The scene is set at the fun fair where we meet Jack Trott (James William-Pattison) and his beloved cow, Pat (Claire Greenway). Jack works for Frank Furter (Richard Emerson) and falls in love with his daughter Jill Furter (Elizabeth Rowe).
Dame Dotty Trott (John Barr) and Jack are forced to sell Pat as they need the money to pay henchman Hurricane (Taylor Rettke), booo hisss, but they are duped into thinking the bag is full of gold but instead its full of beans. The beans are discarded as worthless, but they turn out to be magic.
Hurricane kidnaps Jill Furter to take to his master the evil giant Big Dipper and Pat the cow who will make a yummy filling for a pie. A magic stalk appears, and Jack climbs the stalk to save the day!!
This is the first type of panto I have seen where the actors are also the musicians and I must admit it took myself and family awhile to get used to it. We were treated to modern pop hits from across the decades which all ages of audience appreciated and joined in on.
The comedy was traditional slapstick and lots of jokes revolved around various towns in Essex. Dame Totty’s costumes were brilliant and vibrant.
I felt the first half was rather slow to start but the second half made up for it. Dame Dotty Totty unquestionably stole the show with her witty banter.
This is a panto for the small and big alike.
There are ample car parks around the theatre but to save disappoint do not leave it too late to find a space. There is free parking is certain roads surrounding the theatre also.
The theatre has a varied range of confectionary and beverages to purchase before, during and following the performance.
Tickets cost from £12.50 to £29 (booking fees may apply).
Jack and The Beanstalk is at the Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch from Wednesday 28 November 2018 until Sunday 6th January 2019, for more information or to book tickets visit www.queens-theatre.co.uk or call the box office on 01708 443333.
Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT | 01708 443333