Gareth Gates in Jack and the Beanstalk

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After playing Prince Charming for many years, Gareth Gates took on the role of Jack, in Jack and the Beanstalk. Read on to find out more about it.

Gareth Gates in Jack and the Beanstalk

I started my Christmas early this year by travelling to Wolverhampton to see the pantomime JACK AND THE BEANSTALK. I was expecting the usual fun and slapstick, this is what makes a pantomime, even the occasional mistake will be forgiven as the atmosphere is light, no-one cares, in fact it makes the audience laugh even louder. One scene springs to mind when Simon called Jack, Gareth, by mistake.

The Grand Theatre lives up to its name, its full of character, and it sports burgundy red carpets, which gives it an air of old fashioned elegance. It was packed full to bursting with excited children, and parents and grand parents who had come to enjoy the fun.

What a very colourful production it is, bright sparkly costumes, costumed animals in all colours, and the cast perform with great enthusiasm and enjoyment, which delights the audience.

Adam C Booth who plays Simple Simon is perfect for this type of comedy. He is also very slick in a scene that involves pairing items from a supermarket with what he is saying, its very clever. He can also deliver tongue twisters very quickly, and has such cheeky expressions, one cannot fail to laugh at him.

Lisa Riley makes a great Mother Nature, wearing very sparkly costumes, and waving her wand victoriously. She has a strong powerful voice, and a ready smile, which makes you warm to her. And how fabulous she looks now, her new svelte shape has been achieved by a lot of determination and hard work, not from a gastric band. Her example is very inspirational to others.

What about Fleshcreep

Graham Cole seems to relish the role of Fleshcreep, his loud and commanding voice is enough to put fear into anyone, his sneering laugh, and his dominating evil presence is full of impact. I thoroughly enjoyed his performances.

Every pantomime has to have a man in a dress, so Ian Adams played the part of Dame Trot. His outrageous costumes provoked much hilarity, and the audience laughed at all his antics.

Doreen Tipton played a person with the same name. She was very soberly dressed in jeans, and her dead pan face also caused much mirth.

The children are always a delight to watch in a pantomime, they really put their heart and soul into giving a good performance, and I am sure there were many proud parents watching their offspring displaying their talents

Then there was Jill

Every Jack has to have a Jill, and this was charmingly played by Sarah Vaughan, a young lady with a pleasing singing voice, which blended perfectly with Jack's when they dueted.

Gareth Gates played Jack, and he portrayed him as a shy, and kindly person, with nice manners, very much like the man is himself. But what will always stand out when he performs is his voice. He is a joy to listen to, especially when he hits the high note effortlessly in UNCHAINED MELODY. He sang other songs as well, and his voice is even better today than it was when he was in Pop Idol some 16 years ago.

He is also a great comedian, his timing and facial expressions are perfect, and a very funny scene springs to mind when he was serenading Jill on a wall, and Simon tried to get in on the act. They all take a few tumbles off the wall, and it kept the audience in fits.

So if you want to get your Christmas off to a great start, this pantomime is for you, that is if they have any seats left, as it is really one not to be missed.

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Adam C Booth, Doreen Tipton, Gareth Gates, Graham Cole, Grand Theatre, Jack And The Beanstalk, Lisa Riley Ian Adams, Wolverhampton

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I am a proud mother and grandmother, and an author. I have had 7 books published. My hobbies are walking, swimming, and playing badminton. I try to raise more awareness of autism with my writing.

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