Jack & The Beanstalk: These Shoots are Made for Walking!
Author: Sarah A. Nixon and Mark Chatterton
November 30 – January 19
Director: Mark Chatterton
Producer: Everyman Playhouse
Cast: Toby Lord, Aretha Ayeh, Adam Keast, Marianne Benedict, Griffin Stevens, Francis Tucker, Carla Freeman, Rhona McGregor, Matthew Ganley.
Running Time: 2 hrs 50 mins.
There is something unbelievably enjoyable about the Liverpool Playhouse/Everyman Theatre’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Christmas panto. Its uniqueness in the Liverpool calendar makes it a much loved and integral part of the city’s countdown to the beginning of the festive period. This year 2012 is no different with the Playhouse hosting Sarah A. Nixon’s and Mark Chatterton’s exceptional and heart-warming Jack and the Beanstalk, These Shoots Were Made For Walking.
Following on from last year’s success at the Playhouse, whilst its natural habitat of The Everyman goes into the final phases of its rebuilding, the panto has become something else, something even more superb and entertaining and for the second time the panto was nothing short of a huge and wonderful hit.
With the team of the Playhouse/Everyman theatres firmly behind this superb yearly event, the Rock ‘N’ Roll panto goes from strength to strength and with a cast that fulfils every talent needed on stage, everybody who made their way to the theatre was guaranteed to have left the building with a broad smile and song in their heart. This is not just down to the feel good factor that every pantomime generates; it is the incredible writing that brings seasoned pro’s Mark Chatterton and Sarah A. Nixon back year after year by much demand and a cast that gives everything to the performance.
The cast as always deserves huge applause for making the panto an absolute dream to watch, full of inherent and brilliant silliness and it thrills the soul to see the ever wonderful Adam Keast and Francis Tucker back together on stage performing their much loved routines. The music was performed superbly by the cast; with songs such as Britney Spears Toxic, Robbie Williams’ Let Me Entertain You and an excellent version of Adele’s Skyfall performed by the charming Marianne Benedict, there were songs for everyone to sing and dance along to.
A smashing night of much needed frivolity to give people a lift during the dark days of winter!
Ian D. Hall