Monday, 11 December 2017

Jack and the Beanstalk - Salisbury Playhouse


It's that time of the year again, Panto season! Phil and I absolutely knew we had to go see Jack and the Beanstalk* at Salisbury Playhouse, and I can assure you we were not disappointed in the slightest. 

We have been doing what seems to be turning into a yearly event of the Panto, going to Christmas Markets, seeing friends, decorating the tree and basically having no free time in December whatsoever! I'm ok with that, it is the most wonderful time of the year after all.

We were so warmly greeted from the moment of getting our tickets and programme, we flicked through it while waiting to get our drinks to take in and then took our seats, took in the incredible set that sat in front of us and waited for the Panto to start. Basically our classic "what we do when we get to the Playhouse" scenario.

Jack and the Beanstalk is one of those classic Panto's, it is always on somewhere and it's also a play that I did when I was in Primary School, ya know back in the day. So it's a story that everyone knows well these days! 


After the success of Aladdin last year, I honestly did not think that it could be topped, now it doesn't happen often, but it does happen occasionally...I was wrong! As our favourite character last year was Widow Twanky, played by Richard Ede, I cannot even tell you the look on our faces when we saw him walk on stage again playing Dame Trott this year. It was definitely one of those picture moments! 

The acting was absolutely flawless, except for when they all had a tongue twister that went a little bit wrong as the Actors and Actresses were clearly enjoying themselves so much! They were so professional about it and completely went with it and the audience loved it, so I would say it was a win all round. 

Their singing and dancing was also amazing! The whole cast were so talented and it was truly a pleasure to watch!


I'm sure I said the same last year but this did not feel like we were watching a Panto in Salisbury Playhouse, it was so much fun!

Cast:
Jack Trott - Sam Harrison
Princess Jill - Tanya Shields 
Dame Trott - Richard Ede
Pat the Cow - Laura Crowhurst
Fortuna - Jemma Geanaus
King Crackpot - J.J. Henry
Nightshade - Steven Serlin
Giant - Himself
Ensemble/Swing - Andrew Ahern
Ensemble/Swing - Liberty Buckland

Thank you so much to Salisbury Playhouse again for inviting us, we had an incredible time and couldn't have asked for a better evening! You can get tickets to the performance here, which is running from 2nd December to 7th January.

*I was kindly gifted Press Tickets to Aladdin at Salisbury Playhouse

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