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    Review: Jack and the Beanstalk, Liverpool Empire Theatre

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    Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum - I see a pantomime that’s lots of fun!


    Presented by QDos Entertainment at the Liverpool Empire Theatre, Jack and the Beanstalk is a spectacular show for all the family.


    The production is a vibrant, visual treat that combines traditional pantomime with state-of-the-art 3D effects. Wearing 3D glasses during the giant’s kingdom sequence, the audience felt a part of the action as bats, rats and giant hands seemed to leap out from the stage. It is unlike anything I have seen in a pantomime before. Truly exciting and incredible to experience.


    Jack and the Beanstalk is a beautifully designed production. The set changes were excellent, while the costumes were cleverly crafted (John Evan’s impressive and quick costume change during the dance off was met with cheers from the audience). 


    However, it would have been great to see more of the two giant puppets that made a brief appearance in Fleshcreep’s musical number, or more of the giant beanstalk that appeared at the end of act one, which were superbly designed and enhanced the already impressive visuals of the show. Throughout Jack and the Beanstalk the Creative Team delivered an impressive production that captured the magic of the story and it was a delight to watch.


    Bringing the story to life were a phenomenal cast that delivered energetic and engaging performances throughout. The cast had the audience laughing with brilliant physical comedy moments, excellent lip-sync sequences and tongue twisters that had you clinging on to every word - and letter! 


    It was in the ensemble performances that the story truly came into its own. Choreographed by David Wood, the musical numbers were wonderful. The cast of dancers, including young people from performing art schools across Merseyside, are some of the most talented performers I’ve seen in a pantomime. They were truly stars and performers to watch out for in the future.


    Opening with ‘Can’t stop the feeling’, the cast, joined by Alex James Hatton as Jack and Clair Gleave as Princess Apricot had the audience cheering for more. The performance left you smiling and it was a brilliant start to the production. 


    Hatton and Gleaves are a wonderful duo, as were Shirley Ballas as Mother Nature and John Evans as Simple Simon. Ballas and Evan’s dance-off was a highlight of the show. Applause too for Ballas’ routine during the Market Fair sequence, which was a masterclass in dance and inspirational for generations of dancers in the audience tonight. It’s a ten from us!


    Jack and the Beanstalk is a magical pantomime for all the family. 


    Four stars



    By Sarah O' Hara



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