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Review - Jack and the beanstalk pantomime & The regent theatre


Jack and the Beanstalk" at the Regent Theatre in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, featuring the dynamic duo of Jonathan Wilkes playing Jack Trot and Kai Owen who played Jacks Father (Farmer Trot) delivered a captivating performance on its opening night. 

We also saw the ex Hearsay band member Noel Sullivan playing baddy FleshCreep, the giant’s pint sized sidekick.


The Regent buzzed with excitement as the curtains rose, revealing a vibrant set that transported the audience into the magical world of the classic fairy tale, but with a stokie twist.

One of the highlights for us was an adaptation of the song “We built this city on Rock ‘n’ Roll”

The song was changed to “We love this city called STOKE ON TRENT”…… Genius….

Jonathan Wilkes, known for his charismatic stage presence, brought Jack to life with energy and charm. From the moment he stepped onto the stage, Wilkes engaged the audience, seamlessly blending humour and the odd naughty innuendo . His connection with the character and the audience was palpable, making Jack a relatable and endearing character .


Kai Owen, in the role of Jacks Dad added a delightful layer of mischief and Humorous presentation to the production. Owen's portrayal was both genuine and comical, keeping the audience on the edge of their seats. His chemistry with Wilkes was a highlight, creating a dynamic duo that fueled the show's entertainment value.

The supporting cast contributed significantly to the production's success.

Rio Maye played the part of the Fairy - Script of the beans. Her performance provided the ideal links between storyline /Humour but keeping the story on track throughout the panto.

 The supporting acts showcased the energy and commitment to their roles that enhanced the overall theatrical experience. 

The choreography and musical numbers were well-executed, providing lively interludes that complemented the narrative of the pantomime.

The creative team behind the production deserves praise for their ingenuity. The set design, costume choices, and special effects worked harmoniously to transport the audience into the fantastical world of the story.

The attention to detail in crafting the beanstalk and other magical elements added a visual spectacle that captivated both children and adults alike.

Our party consisted of three young children two of which have ADHD and Autism. The children were engaged throughout the show and literally had the best time ever!

The opening night's atmosphere was filled with laughter, cheers, and a sense of wonder. The cast's ability to engage with the audience, including moments of interactive participation, created a sense of community within the theatre. 

The production succeeded not only in telling a timeless tale but in making it an immersive experience for everyone present.

One noteworthy aspect was the production's ability to balance traditional elements with modern flair. 

The incorporation of contemporary humor and references ensured that the story remained relevant and entertaining for today's audience. This thoughtful approach to storytelling contributed to the show's universal appeal.

 The professionalism of the cast and crew shone through as they seamlessly navigated any challenges that arose. 

The occasional ad-libs and spontaneous moments only added to the charm of the opening night, reminding the audience of the unpredictable magic that live theater offers.


The Regent Theatre itself played a crucial role in enhancing the theatrical experience. 

The venue's ambiance and acoustics contributed to the immersion, allowing the audience to be fully engrossed in the magical world of "Jack and the Beanstalk." 

The seamless coordination between technical elements and live performances demonstrated the professionalism of the production team.


In conclusion, "Jack and the Beanstalk" at the Regent Theatre in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, starring Jonathan Wilkes , Noel Sullivan and Kai Owen, delivered an enchanting and memorable experience on its opening night.

 The stellar performances, imaginative production elements, and the infectious energy of the cast created a magical atmosphere that resonated with audiences of all ages. This rendition of a classic tale proved to be a delightful blend of tradition and innovation, ensuring that it will be fondly remembered by theatergoers for years to come.


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