Jack and the Beanstalk

Written by Sarah Ann Nixon and Mark Chatterton
Directed by Mark Chatterton
Liverpool Everyman (1st December 2006 – 27th January 2007)

Reviewed by Colin Serjent

A fun filled two hours was had by all who attended the press night of the latest rock 'n' roll panto at the Everyman.

A highly charged production saw most of the cast regularly switching from acting to playing music; I particularly liked the acoustic guitar version of Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven.

The funniest character without question was panto dame Lottie Trotter (Francis Tucker), who caused mild panic when - dressed as a Fairy Liquid bottle - he sprayed the audience with water. Some of his jokes (oft times risqué), and facial expressions were hilarious. He picked on one unfortunate guy on the front row and took the proverbial piss out of him throughout, but all in good humour. Their embrace at the end was heartfelt.

A Noddy Holder look-alike, Wiff (Adam Keast) - so named probably because he was always farting (much to the delight of the kids in the crowd) - was also charismatic, notably with his overtures of love to the wife of the Giant, Mrs G (Hayley-Jane Langwith). His jack the lad persona always had a mischievous look in his eyes in his eyes.

No panto would be complete without a couple of lovely leggy ladies in the cast (Jennie Kait and Katy Lipson), who finished off the performance with a rendition of Abba's Waterloo.

Go on, have a laugh, take yourself and some kids along to the Everyman over Christmas.

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