Jack and the Beanstalk
Leamington Royal Spa Centre
PANTO fans, of which I am one, will be hard pressed to find a better one this Christmas than the Spa Centre’s Jack and the Beanstalk.
Jack, his brother Simon and their mother, Dame Trot go on an adventure to save the village of Merrydale which is plagued by the evil gian Blunderbore.
As is tradition with a pantomime, the Dame steals the show with her dry wit and wonderful costumes. She was even tottering around energetically in sky-high heels better than most women in Leamington on a big night out..
Dressed almost as outlandishly as the Dame is the giant’s henchman, Fleshcreep who earned himself ‘boos’ every time he stepped on stage from enthusiastic youngsters in the audience. Fleshcreep steals the village’s magic harp and kidnaps the fair Princess Tamara for the giant.
With the harp gone, Merrydale’s crops and cattle all dry up so Dame Trot decides to sell the family’s dairy business and tries her hand at making lemon meringue pies with Simon – hilarity ensued with a few non-scripted falls which had the audience in stitches.
True to the fairy tale, Jack sells Daisy the cow for magic beans instead of gold coins leaving his poor family with nothing but a giant beanstalk in their garden.
With the help of his mum and brother, Jack ventures up the beanstalk to Blunderbore’s castle in a bid to save his village and the Princess.
Whether you have children or grandchildren or just enjoy the fun of a pantomime at Christmas, Jack and the gang have enough jokes, songs and slapstick gags for everyone.
But beware men of Warwickshire, Dame Trot is looking for a new husband.
Jack and the Beanstalk runs until January 2. Visit www.warwickdc.gov.uk/royalspacentre for tickets and further details.