19 December 2014 to 17 January 2015
Reviewed by Linda Curtain
What a great way to get into the Christmas spirit – a trip to see Jack and the Beanstalk with amazing 3D effects at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth.
Situated on the very festively decorated Royal Parade in Plymouth, the theatre was easy to locate and when we arrived at 6.30pm we could park easily in the multi-storey car park behind the theatre.
Having recently undergone a huge refurbishment, the exterior and foyer of the theatre is now very bright and welcoming. As we approached the theatre, a clip of the pantomime was being projected onto the exterior of the building which was very eye-catching. As soon as you entered the beautifully decorated theatre you could feel the excitement and festive atmosphere. The welcoming and helpful front of house staff are certainly a credit to the theatre. My grand-daughter and I soon located the box office to collect our tickets and we made our way into the beautiful auditorium. Suitably armed with programme, sweets and 3D glasses, we settled down to watch the magical story unfold.
Jack and the Beanstalk is a classic, well-loved pantomime and the Plymouth production had all the necessary components for a successful show. Jack, played by Chico (made famous by his X-Factor appearance – yes they do sing ‘Its Chico time’!), was a strong leading character with a great stage presence and he interacted so well with his dim-wit brother Simple Simon, played by the wonderful Bobby Davro. The return to Plymouth of Bobby Davro certainly added a sparkle to the show and he never fails to entertain. John Challis, aka Boycie from Only Fools and Horses, made a fearsome ‘baddie’ while the return of Jeffrey Holland as Dame Trott brings one of the best in the business to the Plymouth stage. Ray North as King Crumble, Rosie Glossop as the Spirit of the Beans and the beautiful Princess Apricot, played by Michelle Francis, adds to this great show.
The 3D section, when we were all advised to put on our special glasses, was amazing. I have seen this effect used before but not to the standard in this show, such a good way to portray the immense size of the giant and his house.
During the interval we were able to buy drinks and ice-creams. A pre-ordering service is available to save people queuing. Although very busy, the staff were very helpful and friendly.
The whole evening was excellent, lots of laughs, wonderful costumes and scenery, a great supporting cast of dancers and children and just the right level of audience involvement. A great, fun evening which, judging by last night’s audience reaction, will have an excellent Christmas run in Plymouth.
Well done Plymouth Theatre Royal, where else can you see a rapping cow named Day-zee!!
A great night’s entertainment. A well-deserved five star rating.
Tickets cost from £13.20 to £33.20 (plus 70p booking fee).
Jack and the Beanstalk is at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth until 17 January 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 01752 267222.
Theatre Royal Plymouth, Royal Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2TR | 01752 267222.