Review: Jack and the Beanstalk, Embassy Theatre Skegness

A scene from Jack in the Beanstalk at the Embassy Theatre
A scene from Jack in the Beanstalk at the Embassy Theatre

A giant may need his sleep, but it is not surprising it is a struggle to get forty winks in the midst of this larger than life Christmas classic.

The massive monster looming over the village of Skeggyvale is dwarfed by the sheer fun and exuberance of this production of Jack and the Beanstalk at the Embassy Theatre.

Full of merriment, laughter, slapstick, superb song and dance routines and stage wizardry, it was a festive treat from beginning to end.

Adam Fox plays Silly Simon to perfection, winning the hearts of the audience in a whirlwind of goofy gags and hapless antics. Seasoned panto performer Paul Tate dazzles in a succession of ever more outlandish costumes as Dame Tilly Trott in a performance fruitier than a rich Christmas pudding.

The giant’s henchman Fleshcreep is played with villainous verve and delight by Chris Howard revelling in the chorus of boos and catcalls.

James Kane and Elspeth Foster, making her debut leading role in a panto, are bright and charming as Jack and Princess Poppy.

BBC Radio Lincolnshire presenter Howard Leader is engaging as the eccentric King Crumble, while newcomer Vicky Webb showcases her impressive vocal talents in the role of the Eco Fairy.

The stars of the show are ably supported with excellent performances by dancers from Janice Sutton Theatre School and Julie Stevens School of Dance.

This classic fairy-tale has been given a modern twist by writer and director Julie Fox and provides non-stop entertainment for all the family.

Jack and the Beanstalk runs until Monday, December 29. Tickets adults £16.50, children £11 are available from the box office on 0845 674 0505 or online at