Jack and the Beanstalk is on now at Bridlington Spa. The pantomime is on until the 8th of January 2019 so there’s plenty of time to catch a performance. Jack and the Beanstalk a very popular story in our household and my son has been reciting ‘Fee Fi Fo Fum’ for a few years now on a regular basis. It was the first time that we’ve seen Jack and the Beanstalk as a panto and it was highly entertaining. I’d go so far as to say that it’s the best panto that we’ve seen in the past 4 years. Oh yes it is. Honestly, I’m not just saying that.
Jack and the Beanstalk Bridlington Spa Review
As soon as we arrived the giant had been released and was wandering around the bar area for people to take photos with him. My son thought it was the best thing ever to be meeting a real live Giant! He also pointed out that the giant wandering around wasn’t the same one in the pantomime. He may or may not be correct.
There is a bar at Bridlington Spa where you can purchase drinks to take into the theatre, in plastic cups. There is also an area down on the stalls level where you can purchase snacks and selected soft drinks. Also, there is a merchandise stall which sells various light up toys and thumbs up, thumbs down hands. We resisted the urge and just took in a few soft drinks. The pantomime started as stated on the ticket at 7pm.
Jack and the Beanstalk stars Marina Sirtis from Star Trek as the fairy (with plenty of Star Trek references throughout). John Lyons from a touch of Frost stars as the King and Disney’s Art attack Lloyd Warbey as the joker of the panto.
The outfits in the pantomime are excellent and of course, the Dame had plenty of outfit changes. You can expect plenty of audience interaction with the Dame chatting up one of the male audience members and near the end, two children were invited up on stage for a rather messy, but funny, Jaffa cake game. I’ll say no more! In fact, there are a few surprises in the panto which I won’t spoil. The audience joined in with clapping, booing, cheering and much more. Everyone had such a fun time, you couldn’t help but join in with a smile on your face.
We were there for the first night and at times it was hard to tell if they had made an error or that the error was part of the show. There seemed to be plenty of ad-libbing which I always like to see in a panto and lots of giggling from the cast members. It’s always good to see them having fun and hopefully, it will remain as much of a giggle for the rest of the performances.
There is a fun appearance by Daisy the cow and a well-choreographed scene to go with it. In fact, it has all been very well put together. There is a mixture of ballet and modern dance plus old classic songs mixed in with new popular ones. My son and I were happy as they included two songs from the Greatest showman plus one of our current favourites Shotgun by George Ezra. They are certainly aiming at young and old not only with their songs but with the injection of adult jokes that well only adults will get amongst many jokes that everyone will get.
Jack and the Beanstalk is fast moving and some of the scenes looked like they must have taken a long time to rehearse as they were so slick. All the panto favourites are included, especially the ‘he’s behind you’ ‘well we’ll have to sing it again then won’t we’ scene. They have a few special effects including strobes, smoke and indoor fireworks. We left at around 9pm so although it was quite a long panto it wasn’t one of the longest that we’ve been to. There was an interval of around 10 minutes.
My son did ask about a thousand times when were we going to see the giant though. He doesn’t make an appearance until after the interval and he isn’t in the show for a huge amount of time. It would have been nice to perhaps have seen the giant in the first half as the kids are expecting him so much. They don’t do suspense at their age.
Overall we enjoyed a really fun panto at the Bridlington Spa. I don’t know how they will top it in 2019 but watch this space.
You can purchase tickets here. They have two performances a day and the evening show is on most nights at 5pm. Other nights just a little later.
Disclaimer: We were invited to the press night for the purpose of my review. All words and opinions are entirely my own and must not be reproduced.