Show: Jack and the Beanstalk
Society: Sheringham Little Theatre
Venue: Sheringham Little Theatre. 2 Station Road, Sheringham, Norfolk NR26 8RE
Credits: A Norfolk Music Hub, Charanga, Sheringham Little Theatre and St Georges Theatre Joint Production
Author: Chris Sadler
Performance Date: 21/12/2021
Jack and the Beanstalk
Chris Sadler | 22 Dec 2021 13:30pm
Image: Sheringham Little Theatre
‘…Loud, colourful, and energetic; it’s great fun!…’
It’s that time of year again and Sheringham Little Theatre delivers once more with this year’s pantomime: Jack and the Beanstalk. Loud, colourful, and energetic; it’s great fun. Writer and director Nick Earnshaw’s latest festive offering hits the spot, and not a sprout in sight.
The tale of lazy Jack’s redemption ascending a giant beanstalk is delivered with verve and aplomb – and not a little technical wizardry. The story bounds along at a sprightly pace and delivers energy, songs and jokes to the evident glee of everyone in the audience (both small and large).
Charlie Randall leads the way with a composed and charismatic performance as Jack. Harry Wyatt is faultless and absolutely nails it with an almost League of Gentleman-esque performance as loveable diva, Dame TikTok. Emma Riches sparkles primly as Jill; Olly Westlake amuses greatly as Colin the Cow; and Katie Thompson adds to the enigma as the Mysterious Woman. And if that wasn’t enough, director Nick Earnshaw turns in a virtuoso virtual performance as Giant Bogie, a superb screen villain – eminently booable!
The songs are great and performed excellently by a vocally adept cast. The well-worked, hard-practised, high-quality harmonies are noticeable throughout, and much appreciated. Choreography is well-thought out, beautifully delivered, always integral, and apt.
The screen technology works really well and interacts wonderfully with the deftly economic set. Lighting and sound importantly are bang on (often literally). Costumes are characterful, colourful, and fun.
All in all it’s rollicking good fun for children, adults, and everyone in between. Everything you’d want and expect – including the chance to be squirted by a cow, or sneezed on by a giant! (The audience loved that!). Wonderful feel-good family fun. Forget your troubles – and go!
Jack and the Beanstalk continues at Sheringham Little Theatre until Friday 31 December.
Tickets (Adults £12, U16s £8.00) are available online or by telephone on 01263 822347. The venue follows new Government Covid guidance: Masks must be worn at all times (unless exempt or under the age of 11). Proof of vaccinations or negative tests are not required.