I Capture the Castle

I Capture the Castle
I Capture the Castle based on the novel by Dodie Smith Book and lyrics Teresa Howard music Steven Edis

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Jack and the Beanstalk at the Palace, Watford



A very lovingly created Jack and the Beanstalk opened at Watford Palace Theatre last night.  It was written by Andrew Pollard - actor and writer, directed by Kate Saxon, MD Paul Herbert, arranged by Dominic Haslam, Choreographed by Karen Edwards and designed by Cleo Pettitt.

The usual farm story of the Beanstalk tale had been transferred to a fun fair, making it more contemporary and also giving the chance for Cleo Pettitt's designs to entrance us all in a riot of colour and imaginative brilliance.

I loved the show, especially the Queen Bohemian Rhapsody scene, which had excellent alternative lyrics!

Fantastic singing and dancing from the cast!  Poor Jack (Josh Capper) had broken his leg and had to do the whole show on crutches; although it meant that a lot of the business had to change, it also added to the hilarity and he carried it off magnificantly.  Terence Frisch was an absolutely brilliant dame - off stage in the green room bar it was almost impossible to recognise him without the lashings of lippy and high heeled red boots.  Nadine Higgin was a lovely feisty Jill and we all spent a lot of time booing and hissing Ben Watson who played the Giants dastardly side kick Nightshade.  It's all there, the slapstick scene, the audience sing off, the hissing and booing and he's behind you - the audience rode the roller coaster and laughed and screamed and loved it all!

The show runs until 31st December.  To book tickets there is a link to the Watford Box Office HERE 

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