Jack and the Beanstalk

Kids' theatre

Off-West End

Lyric Hammersmith

Until Sat Jan 4

  • © Tristram Kenton

  • © Tristram Kenton

  • © Tristram Kenton

  • © Tristram Kenton

  • © Tristram Kenton

© Tristram Kenton

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We loved it. Tremendously entertaining for two parents as well as our 7 & 9 year old children.


Steven Webb is the out-and-out star of this show. Utterly in the moment, three-dimensional and emitting infectious enjoyment. Rochelle Rose is terrible as Jack. Underpowered, amateur. Most audience discussion around us at the interval revolved around that - some even wondering if Steven Webb had been asked to mentor her all the way through as she was so lame without him. Joshua Tonks and Nigel Richards, playing Jill and Fleshcreep respectively, shone too. As a production, its neat storyline was staged with second-rate choreography and general physical direction, but all in all was 'OK' and fairly endearing. Pantos need to be huge - full of huge, confident performers, excellent slapstick, stunning dance routines and singing abilities that are beyond the capabilities of mere mortals.