Woohoo! Christmas must definitely be here as panto season is in full swing!
We were invited along to the Nottingham Playhouse’s final dress rehearsal for this year’s pantomime, the classic Jack and the Beanstalk. Here is our post about our back stage tour of the theatre when they were preparing for the show painting the stage cover which now looks like this..
Jack and the Beanstalk is Noah’s favourite bedtime story so he was very excited to be going! He was actually most excited about seeing Buttercup the cow, who was very endearing with a bit of a teddy bear face!
Pantomime is often a child’s first introduction to the theatre and this show radiates the magic of Christmas that will embed in young hearts.
The Nottingham Playhouse don’t go for Z-list “celebrities” to star in their panto but instead have the expertise and charm of Pantomime extraordinare and former Playhouse Artistic Director, Kenneth Alan Taylor who writes, directs and stars in the show. I have to ‘fess up and admit I have never seen a pantomime at the Playhouse before although Ethan has been with school but I feel now like I have missed out on so much! I loved the little personal touches that were injected to the show, such as the thigh slapping Jack (played by the fabulous Rebecca Little) and his mother, Dame Daisy (played of course by Kenneth Alan Taylor) living at number 30 – the number of years Kenneth Alan Taylor has played the Dame for.
All of the cast are brilliant with John Eklington as Slurp, the Giant’s (played by Daniel Hoffmann-Gill) quick humoured sidekick, Kelly Edwards as Jack’s love interest Annie, Tim Frater as Danny, Jack’s pal, Anthony Hoggard the 2nd Dame of the Pantomime playing the Giant’s wife and Hannah Whittingham as the Enchantress, backed by a fabulous chorus team.
The production is slick and professional and as would be expected of the Playhouse very high quality in terms of creativity, stage design, props, costume, acting, singing and dancing. What really helps in make this show so fantastic is that you can see the cast are all really enjoying themselves and their enthusiasm radiates through. The show is full of comic japes, audience interaction, amazingly quick dress changes (particularly from Dame Daisy) and lots of fun. Without giving too much away there are a few twists to the traditional tale providing plenty of humour for all ages.
This very sparkly and magical Pantomime is now on until Saturday 18 January and you can book tickets here. Don’t miss it!
To celebrate the Playhouse in their 50th year they are also offering the chance to win tickets to the Gala Performance next Wednesday 11 December. More details can be found here.
Photographs 1 and 3 by Robert Day
Disclosure: We received two complimentary tickets to the performance but all views and opinions expressed are our own and unbiased.