REVIEW: Jack and the Beanstalk at New Mills Art Theatre - photo gallery

Jack and the Beanstalk at New Mills Art Theatre: Dame Trot, Mary, Jethro, Princess Jasmine, Jack & Queen. Photo: Brian Ganderton.
Jack and the Beanstalk at New Mills Art Theatre: Dame Trot, Mary, Jethro, Princess Jasmine, Jack & Queen. Photo: Brian Ganderton.

Once again, I found myself sitting in the middle of hundreds of screaming children who were having a great time at the show on Friday night.

There were plenty of occasions where they could boo the baddie, cheer the goodies and, of course, shout ‘It’s behind you’.

Yes, it was definitely pantomime time! So the fact I found the script this year lacking humour and drawn out, didn’t spoil the show for the audience, they were right behind it all the way.

A bright energetic start to the show got the audience involved straight away.

There were strong performances from The Good Fairy (Lou-Anne Binns), Jack (Hannah Hyde) and Princess Jasmine (Jessica Holman).

Fleshcreep (Keith Wright) played a good baddie and had the audience booing and shouting right from the start.

There was some good comedy from Jethro (John Reezer) and Dame Trot (Sean Stennings) playing the traditional pantomime dame with good energy and stage presence.

I have to say I found the King and Queen (Rob Brittles & Angela Hulme) very entertaining; they are both strong cameo actors and funny, and should have been on stage for longer!

We mustn’t forget the Giant (Barry Jarvis) who dominated the stage, and performed his musical number very well.

There is a good supporting chorus throughout and the dancers were lovely, with some good choreography from Debbie Howe, especially the ballet scene in the clouds at Giantland, which I thought was great, well done dancers!

Costumes, sets and lighting were all good as usual.

The show was directed by Geoff Lunn and musical direction from Carolyn Hawkins.

Friends of the Art Theatre always put 100 per cent commitment into their productions, and this energy comes across on stage at every show, which gives you great value for your money every time.

Just next year, use last year’s script writers.

Adrian Leggett

• Performances continue on Thursday January 30 and Friday January 31 at 7.15pm, and Saturday February 1 at 2.15pm and 7.15pm.

Tickets, priced £9 for adults, £7 for children or £45 for a box seating five people, are available on 01663 742 951.