By Yasmin Giannini aged 8 years
It’s Christmas and that means the British festive tradition of panto is back! The slapstick fun, fall-off-your-chair humor and essential audience interaction make pantomime the absolute best Christmas entertainment for the whole family at Christmas. Yet with so many pantos on offer, it’s hard to know which one to choose from. So, when the lovely people at the Lyric Hammersmith invited us along to enjoy an early performance of Jack and the Beanstalk, we grabbed the opportunity so that we could check it out for all our families.
An urban twist on a fairy tale classic – the Lyric Hammersmith catapults panto into 2013 making Jack and the Beanstalk contemporary, modern and ‘street’. Prepare to be delightfully surprised as Jack steps onto the stage as a ‘girl’ and a splash of vibrant zumba adds extra energy and bounce. Plus, with music whizzing straight from recent charts – even the youngest members of the audience can sing along. Past tradition zooms headlong into the present and the result is INCREDIBLE.
Jack and the Beanstalk at The Lyric Hammersmith has to be one of the funniest and best pantos that our family has ever been to. From start to finish we were laughing and participating in the performance; we had so much fun! Caroline the panto cow adds glitz and glamour as she works the stage with a sassy strut and has the audience in fits of laughter with her ‘milking’ scene. Jack (played by Rochelle Rose) endears the crowd with her eternal smile and stunning voice, whilst Jack’s mother, Moreen Dripp (played by Howard Ward) delivers one of the best pantomime dames ever seen. However, the real star of the show is Sprout, Jack’s best friend (played by Steven Webb). Commanding both stage and audience for the entire performance, Sprout is the character that probably makes this panto one of the best showing in the UK this year.
Oh, and prepare yourself for the mighty appearance of the Giant – an enormous face that engulfs the stage and whizzes towards the audience with red snotty warts and nose bigger than a mountain. For one fleeting moment, the entire house is left breathless and on the edge of their seats. Fantastic!
The Lyric Hammersmith covers everything as all panto ingredients are served up in generous portions – everyone will be satisfied. The script is smart, fast and funny, the jokes keep coming at a machine-gun pace and audience interaction is ample; seats barely get warm before everyone is brought to their feet (time after time). On top of that, the production sends everyone home with an incredible sprinkling of stunning snow that quite literally puts the icing on the already gorgeous panto cake.
This panto is so so brilliant; you just have to see it! If you were going to book tickets to your local panto, think again, the Lyric Hammersmith is a destination that’s worth travelling to this Christmas. Trust me, it’s amazing.
For more information or to book tickets visit: www.lyric.co.uk