After 30 years of starring in Nottingham playhouse pantomimes Kenneth Alan Taylor is back, for the very last time as Dame Daisy in the same pantomime with which he began, Jack and the Beanstalk.
Living in Nottingham I have seen him as a dame several times, he is dry, witty and wears the BEST costumes ever! This is a very typical traditional pantomime and holds all the elements you would expect….slapstick, catchphrases, kids out the audience, audience song, getting the audience wet and so on. The kids adored it, the adults all joined in with enthusiasm and good triumphed over bad just as one would expect. There are songs, dancing, romances, friendships and magic too.
The sets and costumes can compete with the biggest and best theatres and were really impressive
There is a ferocious, but ultimately nice giant called Brian, a loveable pantomime cow called Buttercup and a sweet little romance between a thigh slapping Jack and Annie.
This is proper pantomime true to its roots and I loved it for being so traditional. There were no big names (apart from Kenneth) but no one cared about that.
To sum up….we loved it. Our kids had too many sweets, we shouted ourselves hoarse and we feel all ready for Christmas. The perfect panto.
They also gifted us our family ticket. Thanks E.on!
Jack and the Beanstalk runs at the Nottingham Playhouse till Jan 18th and most performances are at 2.30 and 7.30pm