Tom Wells’s Jack And The Beanstalk at The Lyric needs more oomph

3 Dec


Theatre review: Jack And The Beanstalk at The Lyric, Hammersmith

The annual Lyric Hammersmith panto boasts a mighty reputation. Last year’s Cinderella, directed by Lyric artistic chief Sean Holmes, was a beguiling mixture of visual magic, storytelling smarts and traditional seasonal silliness. But its successor, though rich in the venue’s admirable brand of W6 localism and feelgood frippery, is a bit of a disappointment.

Tom Wells – author of charming alt-romcom Jumpers For Goalposts, which is on at the Bush – is a talented writer, but here many of his script’s more extravagant touches fail to catch fire, in part through a lack of follow-through: Nostril the Snot Giant is a joke that lacks punchlines; the Ladies from Intermediate Zumba remain seriously underemployed.

Still, Hammersmith regular Steven Webb, sporting a gravity-defying hairdo, proves an admirable host as Sprout, while Rochelle Rose makes a charming Jack, adding an interesting layer by playing…

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