AFTER covid forced its run of Cinderella to close last year, Theatre Royal Windsor is certainly back with a bang.

Featuring Britain's favourite fox, Basil Brush, Jack and the Beanstalk brings song, dance and a whole lot of silliness for families this Christmas.

The cast is a mix of exciting newcomers and familiar favourites.

Royal Borough Observer: Picture: Jack MerrimanPicture: Jack Merriman

This festive spectacular is infectiously funny throughout, thanks to Windsor's comedy duo, Steven Blakeley, playing Dame Dotty Trott, and Kevin Cruise as Simon Trott.

The pair's 'Trott's Pots' scene had the audience in stitches with their frivoulous jokes, chaotic performance and pure laugh-out-loud moments.

Royal Borough Observer: Steven Blakeley and Kevin Cruise entertained the Windsor crowds with their outrageously funny performances.Picture: Jack MerrimanSteven Blakeley and Kevin Cruise entertained the Windsor crowds with their outrageously funny performances.Picture: Jack Merriman

Jay Worley, who plays lead role Jack Trott, charms the audience with his effortless singing and on-stage connection with love interest, Jill, played by Alice Fillary.

The duo's voices blend well together and it wouldn't be a panto without a really cheesy, romantic number would it? Oh no it wouldn't!

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Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas also makes a special guest appearance as she plays the voice of Giant Meghanza Blunderbore.

And credit goes to the ensemble for bringing high-energy and strong dance routines throughout the show.

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There's a great selection of old musical numbers as well as contemporary hits, which all add to the pantomime's entertainment factor. 

And not forgetting the much-loved classic, 12 Days of Christmas, where Worley, Cruise and Blakeley throw multiple items across the stage in their hilarious rendition of the song.

It was a shame to see no junior performers on stage due to covid, but neverthless it was a wholesome, fun-filled show.

Take a trip up the beanstalk this Christmas and head to Theatre Royal Windsor to watch this real festive delight.

Jack and the Beanstalk runs until January 9.

For more details, or to book tickets, call the box office on 01753 853 888, or visit: https://theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk