Review: Jack & the Beanstalk at the Epstein

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The cast of Jack and the Beanstalk at the Epstein Theatre. Pic © The Epstein Theatre

The cast of Jack and the Beanstalk at the Epstein Theatre. Pic © The Epstein Theatre

Jack and the Beanstalk has landed at the Epstein Theatre for this festive season, and is wowing audiences with its star cast.

The tale of Jack Trott, his pet cow, magic beans, and his quest to kill the evil giant, is packed full of classic one liners that are sure to make anyone laugh.

The performance was not without it’s flaws, whether it was Suzanne Collins’ dress tearing after becoming stuck on a stage light, or Dan Osbourne not arriving on stage on cue, but it all added to the entertainment factor.

TOWIE hunk, Osbourne, and Big Fat Gypsy Wedding seamstress, Thelma Madine, were just some of the well-known faces that appear in this season’s production. But it was LHK production’s regular, Michael Chapman, that had the audience doubled over in laughter as Dame Trott.

From the moment the dame stepped onto the stage dressed in a yellow ensemble that resembled a flower pot, singing and gyrating to Meghan Trainor’s hit, ‘All About That Bass’, it was clear that the audience would be in for a treat.

Osbourne proved to his critics that he is much more than just a heartthrob. For somebody that has never done a spot of acting, he put on a very believable performance, getting into his stride as he occasionally poked fun at himself.

JMU Journalism's Samantha Gaulter-Green meets TOWIE heartthrob Dan Osbourne

JMU Journalism’s Samantha Gaulter-Green meets TOWIE heartthrob Dan Osbourne

However, it was his singing capability that shocked the audience the most. Alongside actress Alison Crawford, he stunned the audience with his vocals during a cover of Ed Sheeran’s Number One single, ‘Thinking Out Loud’, gaining a sincere round of applause and standing ovation by many.

It was no surprise that Madine, who played fairy Meanboom, graced the stage in a number of eccentric, large, and embellished dresses.

Each time the dress-maker took to the stage in a frock that she had designed and made herself, the dresses grew bigger, and bigger and bigger.

The pantomime could not be deemed anything but hilarious, with the character of Silly Billy, played by Bradley Thompson, putting on the most energetic performance of all.

From interacting with the children in the theatre, to bouncing around the stage delivering great jokes along the way, this young lad is definitely one to watch in the future.

Jack and the Beanstalk will be at the Epstein Theatre until Sunday, 4th January.

About Samantha Gaulter-Green, JMU Journalism