11 December 2015 to 3 January 2016
Reviewed by Emma Booth
Me and my daughter (age 5) were very excited to be visiting the Hawth Theatre in Crawley to see this year’s pantomime of Jack and the Beanstalk. Being a massive EastEnders fan I was thrilled when I saw that Steve McFadden who plays Phill in EastEnders was performing as the baddie. My daughter was very happy when she saw that Rebecca Keatley was playing the fairy, my daughter recognised Rebecca Keatley from CBeebies as one of the presenters and who also regularly stars in Let’s Play.
The story basically follows the traditional story of Jack and the Beanstalk but in true pantomime style. This was our first time seeing a proper panto and I can’t express enough how brilliant it was! Far the end my face was aching from laughing so much that actors were all very talented and faultless.
There were lots of EastEnders gags and jokes to appeal to both adults and kids making this perfect for families of all ages. There where the expected awful jokes that still make you laugh and there was loads of audience participation with cheering and booing. For me I thought the second half of the show was slightly better. In the second half they are all up at the Giants Castle looking for the Princess Mayflower who is being kept ready for the giants to eat. Steve McFadden who plays the baddie Flesh Creep has taken Daisy the Cow, the Princess plus others up to the castle for the Giants, with Jack and co on a mission to free the Princess.
The Giants were amazing, being 10-12ft tall they scared my daughter at first until I assured her that they weren’t real. I think for my daughter her highlight was when everyone got given some softballs that was supposed to be big peas to throw at the Giants and when the fairy blew the whistle everyone got to throw them at the stage. There were some fabulous upbeat song and dance routines with flips and somersaults wowing in the audience. It was a big highlight to see Steve McFadden and he didn’t disappoint. All the actors were so enthusiastic with a great little singsong at the end. My daughter found it hilarious to see a man dressed as a woman Dame Trott was so funny and very camp.
This was such a fun night out I would definitely recommend this to anyone. I think this is the best show I’ve ever seen!
It’s always a pleasure to visit The Hawth, it’s very easy to get to and find with ample free parking. Snacks and drinks are a little pricey but about average for theatres. All the staff were very polite and helpful I cannot find a bad thing to say about our night.
Tickets cost from £15 to £24.50 (booking fees may apply).
Jack and the Beanstalk is at The Hawth in Crawley until 3 January 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 01293 553636.
The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley, Sussex, RH10 6YZ | 01293 553636