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REVIEW: Theatre Royal panto is perfect winter warmer brimming with innovation




Jack & the Beanstalk at The Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds - picture by Keith Mindham Photography ANL-150712-123627001
Jack & the Beanstalk at The Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds - picture by Keith Mindham Photography ANL-150712-123627001

As the icy weather rattles around the Theatre Royal, audiences inside are bathing in the sunny psychedelia of Jack & the Beanstalk’s opening musical number.

This crowd-pleasing panto is the perfect winter warmer - brimming with innovation, madcap hijinks and plenty of audience participation (caution - you may get wet).

The brash pratfalls for the kids are interlaced with knowing gags for the mums and dads for a fun-filled family evening.

A strong cast hold it all together - zipping through rousing and upbeat songs, flexing their comedy muscles and even racing through the seats of the audience.

Of course every panto has a dame and James Parkes’ Tina Trumpington is like no other - an amorous widow with a chronic flatulence problem. Breezily bawdy indeed!

There are creative reworkings of popular songs to drive the story forward with a segue into Bohemian Rhapsody being a particular standout.

The junior chorus shine - especially on Les Miserables’ Castle on a Cloud.

The audience are also given their chance to shine with the chance to scream at the stage and one unsuspecting bystander attracting the attentions of the dame.

It runs until January 10.



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