Jack and the Beanstalk, Hunstanton
ALISON CROOSE For the 13th year Keith Hopkins is the perfect pantomime dame, full of energy and fun and with another wardrobe full of outrageous costumes.
High decibels are a measure of a successful pantomime – and by that reckoning this is in the premier division.
For the 13th year Keith Hopkins is the perfect pantomime dame, full of energy and fun and with another wardrobe full of outrageous costumes.
'Appy Hopkins reckons this is his final panto at the resort, but it is difficult to imagine it without him.
His popularity was as great as ever when he bounded on stage for the first of 50 performances which continue at the Princess Theatre until January 6
As director, Hopkins has the formula for family entertainment, with colour, spectacle and non-stop audience participation.
- 1 Meet the new team behind revamped village pub
- 2 Woman in 40s airlifted to hospital after suffering medical emergency
- 3 People are driving for hours to visit this loaded fries and doughnut kiosk
- 4 Obituary: Doctor, and son of Norwich's recycling empire founder, dies aged 69
- 5 One person taken to hospital after three-car crash on A47
- 6 Music-loving dad whose ashes were fired into festival crowd took own life
- 7 One of East Anglia's largest property builders is sold to investment firm
- 8 'Once in a lifetime catch' - man lands monster fish in Norfolk
- 9 Holiday Inn to become 'care hotel' to help struggling hospitals
- 10 War-time bomb lay dormant for 80 years before exploding under fishing boat
He has lined up an excellent team, with Paul Carpenter a talented and engaging Tommy Trot and Andrew Fettes making a return as Freshcreep, the baddie we love to hate.
The cast includes two young West Norfolk people who have embarked on a career in the theatre – James Thurston (King Dotty) and Lucy Crane (Fairy True).
Adding their strengths are Verona Chard (Princess Verona) and Emma Bentley (Jack Trot) plus an excellent team of dancers from the Jane Ashley-Emile Theatre Dance School.
Musical director David Hale and percussionist John Roscoe make a vital contribution.