Review: Jack & Beanstalk, Ipswich Regent

Jack and his poor mother Dame Trott are in trouble. The pair are out of money and the evil Giant wants his rent. The only asset they have is the family’s cow Daisy, so it’s off to market Jack goes to see if he can sell their beloved bovine and keep a roof over their heads.

Queue all the favourite characters you would expect to find in a family panto, a Fairy Godmother, silly Simple Simon and an evil villain and this production of Jack & The Beanstalk makes for a fun filled show.

Talented Emmerdale star Roxanne Pallet plays a fabulous Jill Muddles, love interest for our hero Jack (George Sampson). Andrew Fleming’s portrayal of Simple Simon was spot on, the actor has a huge repertoire of impression voices and lots of funny jokes – the younger audience members loved him.

Connor Byrne is the perfect baddie of the piece in the form of Fleshcreep, the Giants sidekick and the audience loved to boo and hiss at him. Whilst BBC presenter Wayne Bavin was perfectly cast as Mayor Muddles and Martin Ramsdin made for a very glamorous Dame Trott.

With plenty of audience participation, great musical numbers, including Twelve Days of Christmas as you’ve never seen it before, and a very imaginative 3D section (they give you your 3D specs in the interval) this performance of Jack & The Beanstalk will certainly put you in the festive mood this Christmas.

Jack & The Beanstalk will be at the Ipswich Regent Theatre until 2nd January. To book Tickets contact the Box Office on 01473 433100 or visit

Review: Wendy Cook, Ipswich24 Magazine