26 November to 15 January 2017
Reviewed by Emily Crombie
Panto fever has hit Edinburgh with Jack and the Beanstalk being this year’s offering. Allan Stewart, Andy Gray and Grant Stott are back treading the boards at the King’s enthralling audiences from 26th November 2016 until 15th January 2017.
The show is two perfect hours of song, dance and lots of laughter. Although conforming to traditional panto expectations the show feels fresh and contemporary and is very relevant with topical quips and Edinburgh references.
The show opened with great pizazz with Grant Stott as the baddie, Fleshcreep, (in my mind an interesting mix of Boy George and Willy Wonka!!) setting the scene. The sound, lighting and special effects creating great atmosphere.
Every panto needs a Dame and Andy Scott made a fine one! Dame Trot seemed to enjoy every minute of the show, just as much as the audience did… a great balance of silly humour and innuendos. My son is still giggling about the panto, at ten years old he really appreciated the humour!
Andy Gray as Hector completes this comic trio, although they say to never work with children or animals, he did a fine job with both. A special mention has to go to the children of Edinburgh Dance Academy for their professional performance.
This fast-paced show was a carnival of flamboyant costumes, colourful scenery and dramatic special effects throughout.
The King’s Theatre is located in Leven Street within the Tollcross area of Edinburgh. The theatre is very ornate and traditional. We sat in the stalls where the visibility was fantastic, the seating comfortable and adequately spacious. The theatre staff were welcoming and helpful.
Jack and the Beanstalk is a vibrant, energetic and uplifting show to really put you in the Christmas spirit.
Tickets cost from £16 to £33 (booking fees may apply).
Jack and the Beanstalk is at the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh until 15 January 2017. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0131 529 6000.
King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LQ | 0131 529 6000