Jack and The Beanstalk, Darlington’s Hippodrome Panto Review #Ad

Shirley Ballas Darlington Hippodrome

Photo  Credit – Chris Booth

*Ad- I was kindly invited along to the press night in exchange for a review.

Darlington’s pantomime this year will have you laughing from the get-go. It’s barely moments in and you are in full swing panto mode, booing at Fleshcreeper. This fabulous panto has Dancing, singing, and sparkle galore

Strictly Come Dancing Head Judge SHIRLEY BALLAS as Mother Nature effortlessly glides her way along the stage, often wowing the crowds with her moves.

Phil Walker, Iain Stuart Robertson, Geaorge Sampson Darlington Hippodrome

Photo Credit -Chris Booth

Joining Shirley, in the title of the role of Jack Trot, will be Britain’s Got Talent winner GEORGE SAMPSON. I personally loved watching him perform the singing in the rain performance on BGT so the evening did not disappoint!!

Starring as Jack’s hapless brother Simon will be stand-up comedian PHIL WALKER. This man is seriously funny! His dance-off moves will have you all chuckling away.

What a brilliant performance by the whole cast.  Simple Simon had us all with many belly laughs, alongside Dame Trot, this duo work hilariously well together. In fact, the whole cast/production/creative team has this year’s panto as one of the best I’ve seen, the perfect mix of laughter, song, dance, and silliness.

Shirley Ballas (Mother Nature) and George Sampson (Jack Trot) both wonderfully showcasing their dancing, the dance-off was a highlight for me, especially the iconic Pulp Fiction dance. Fans of Strictly will love it with plenty of nods to it, to sum it up as Craig would ‘it’s simply fabulous darling!’.

Expect dance-offs of epic proportions (strictly/street dance), hilarious scenes and plenty of mixed humor from your slapstick silly to little adult aimed innuendo,  this panto has so much family fun for all ages to enjoy.

George Sampson, Daniel Taylor Darlington Hippodrome

Photo Credit – Chris Booth

There was some amazing choreography performed by the cast who were also joined by the babes of the panto – Joanne Banks Dancers. The stage is set for each scene perfectly with some rather impressive props. The costumes this year where fantastic, who wouldn’t love Moo Moo and the babes of the panto are simply adorable as the farm animals.


 You still have time to book your tickets as Jack and the Beanstalk is on from Sunday, December 08, 2019 to 5:30PM – Sunday, January 05, 2020 at Darlington Hippodrome.

Tickets can be found here.

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 I just had to share these photos and thank Shirley Ballas and Phil Walker for being so lovely with my daughters. 💕 Lily became a huge Strictly fan this year so we, of course, endured the rain and wind to wait at the stage door afterward. It was so worth the wait seeing Lily’s face when she spotted Shirley coming out 😍 she was practically jumping with excitement!

The third pic I’m well aware is not my finest, but I love it, ten chins and all! It’s real, it’s happiness and it sums the cheeky little Willow up well trying to annoy her sister 🙈 .



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