11 December 2015 to 3 January 2016
Reviewed by Tracy Brind
‘Fi Fi Fo Fum’ rings the start of the York Grand Opera House pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk. The chorus line enter the stage along with the ‘baddie’ Witch Blackweed played by Ionica Adriana. The audience get into the booing straight away. A song and dance later and we meet the Dame ‘Tilly Trott’ played by the excellent Stuart Wade who straight away involves the kids in to the show by launching sweets in to the audience. He is joined by the very bouncy Chris Casey playing the brilliant Simple Simon.
We meet the whole cast, Fairy Peapod, played by Jade Ellis, whose voice is amazing, along with Princess Jill, played by Scooch member Caroline Barnes and Jack is played by the other member of Scooch Russ Spencer. Towie star Lewis Bloor finishes off the line up as King Willy.
The story of Jack and the Beanstalk does not massively go away from the traditional story, but is well stretched out to make this a very enjoyable pantomime. The cast are brilliant, the main stars have excellent singing voices and the sing along really involves the kids and audience.
The chorus line dancers are excellent, including the cute little ones who have excellent timing and are extremely professional.
There are some excellent adult lines in this pantomime but not too many that the kids get forgotten. The ad-libbing from Stuart Wade and Chris Casey especially is excellent, as typically in panto, not everything goes according to plan.
All in all I have to say this pantomime is extremely professionally written and produced. The cast are excellent and both myself and Maisie (aged 5) would thoroughly recommend this for a very enjoyable evening of festive family fun.
Tickets cost from £11.90 to £24.90 (plus £4 transaction fee).
Jack and the Beanstalk is at the Grand Opera House in York until 3 January 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 8713024.
Grand Opera House York, Clifford and Cumberland Street, York, YO1 9SW | 0844 8713024