Jack and the Beanstalk
Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
6 December 2013 – 5 January 2014
Reviewed by Becky Linsell
There is nothing quite like a panto to get you into the festive mood. Jack and the Beanstalk is now being performed at the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield, until January and it does not disappoint.
Arriving at the Lyceum, there was plenty of staff around, all very friendly and welcoming. Just before the start of the show, my son and I were pointed in the right direction of our seats. An usher came over immediately to enquire whether my son needed a booster seat, so he did not miss any of the action.
The curtain rises, the show starts encouraging the all-important pantomime audience participation. The classic story of Jack and the Beanstalk, has fresh panto-life breathed into it. Great sets, fabulous colourful costumes, energetic choreography, classic songs and new songs cleverly worked into the storyline.
We were delighted to see the return of local legend “the bloke in the dress,” Damian Williams, who plays Dame Trot, whose non-stop comic lines have you all laughing. Ian Watkins (H from Steps) gives a superb performance as Jack with a talented cast, who sweep everyone along in a fabulous show. There was a great fun atmosphere in the Lyceum and I got the impression that the cast were having as much fun performing the show as we were having watching it.
Without wanting to give too much away and spoil the surprises for you all, this show really has something for all ages, it is a true family show. A classic panto, with local references, music, dance and lots and lots of laughter, and there really is a giant!
I have to recommend going to see Jack and the Beanstalk at the Lyceum in Sheffield. It is the perfect family show for the Christmas holiday. It really is a show that you will all enjoy!
Tickets cost from £10 to £23 (plus transaction fee).
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