I have never laughed so much in my life as much as I did last weekend at the Theatre Royal Windsor. They have nailed it with this year’s panto Jack and the Beanstalk. It was just so funny!! Panto is one of those times you have to embrace British cheesiness. The jokes all the way through, even one about Slough 😂
The cast was great, getting the audience involved. Kevin Cruise who we know from the Eton lights switch-on – he was a laugh! Basil Brush – everyone loves Basil Brush, right?! The performers, oh my goodness could they sing and dance – wow 🤩 Current pop songs that you’ll recognise, fab costume and set changes. Honestly, we were wowed.
On top of that, the Theatre Royal interiors are absolutely beautiful. I could not stop looking around, from walking through the foyer to our red velvet seats, it had that sumptuous luxury feel.
The show is 2 hours long with an interval, which is when we got our refreshments. Lots of children attended and there was so much cute laughter. I think you can decide if your child can sit that long or not. We actually went without our kids, and it was nice as a child-free date night! But if you bring children, there are velvet booster seats available. You can buy light-up merch too.
Let me tell you more about the cast. Music icon Anita Harris is the villain, you get to boo her character. The well-loved Basil Brush features all the way through.
Windsor favourites, calamitous comic Kevin Cruise and dotty Dame Steven Blakeley, star in their 12th year of Panto together here at the Theatre Royal Windsor. You will also hear the booming voice of Strictly Head Judge Shirley Ballas – yes her from Strictly Come Dancing!
Last year’s Cinderella-turned-NHS-hero Alice Fillary is back to play Jill. She spent a year working in a Covid testing centre and then later as a vaccinator 👏 Jamie Corner and Sarah Kacey also return from former years.
Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Jay Worley plays the hero Jack, plus Dreamboats & Petticoats star Elizabeth Carter plays Fairy Daffodil. New faces Samara Clarke, Rina Punwani, Trézel Sergeant and Tom Strang make up the rest of the cast, and they can really dance 💃
Jack and the Beanstalk is on at the Theatre Royal Windsor until January 9th and you can book tickets online or from the box office, family tickets are available. We were sitting in the Royal Stalls, Row L and had a great view.
Have you been to a panto before? And have you ever visited the Theatre Royal in Windsor?
📍Jack and The Beanstalk at Theatre Royal Windsor
🎟 Tickets from £18.50
🚆 Short walk from Windsor & Eton Central station
🥤 Drinks and light-up merch available to buy,
Loos on site
😷 Adults to wear masks
⭐️ Showing now until January 9th. Show length 2 hours