Guildford’s Adult Panto: Jack and his Giant Stalk - Review

PUBLISHED: 12:33 04 December 2017 | UPDATED: 15:46 06 December 2017

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Guildford Fringe Theatre Company is back again with another risqué panto strictly for the over 18s from the Back Room of the Star Inn.

If you think you’re too old for panto then think again as for the fifth year running, Guildford Fringe has taken up residence of the Back Room at Guildford’s Star Inn for an outright hilarious alternative to this long-running Christmas tradition.

Turning the idea of a festive family outing on its head, you’ll need to save this one for date night but make sure your respective other isn’t easily offended – this is raunchy, rude and at times downright crude.

However, it’s not all smut and sexual innuendo, there is also a spattering of cleverly-timed political and popular culture references, which will have you gasping in shock and cackling with laughter in equal measure.

The story goes that all is not peachy in the kingdom of Fringeland as the impact of Frexit starts to bite. Poor Jack’s farm is on its uppers and two hairy men in outrageous frocks are at their wits’ end. Can three magic beans change their fortunes in life and love? Meanwhile in the Kingdom of Pantoland, the elusive Evil Queen has Princess Jill imprisoned in a castle. Can Jack wake up his beauty and stop the Evil Queen governing the land?

Once again, Guildford Fringe has assembled a spectacular cast of local talent to tell their flirty, fairy-tale with Guildford School of Acting graduate, William Meyer, leading the pack as Jack and newcomer, Macey Cherrett, playing his sleeping princess Jill.

Rebecca Withers returns following her success in last year’s Robin’s Wood, as Jack’s side kick Huey and, returning for a fifth consecutive year, Hilary Harwood is back with a naughty vengeance as the Evil Queen, along with her hilarious side-kick Mary, played by Georgia-May Matthews. Ian Henshaw and David West complete the cast as obligatory panto queens Suki and Carrie.

While the script might be a little close to the line for some, Guildford’s Adult Panto: Jack and his Giant Stalk provides an evening of much-needed light relief in these times of stifling political correctness.

Every day (apart from Friday December 8 and 15) until Sunday, December 31 with performances at 8pm (3pm matinee on Saturdays, 5pm show on Sundays). Tickets £18.50 each (£17.50 concessions). 0333 666 3366; www.GuildfordFringe.com

Click here for a comprehensive list of the best pantos to watch in Surrey this Christmas.

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