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Pantomimes have always been incredibly popular in the UK and thanks to Director and Producer Bonnie Lythgoe, Australians are also falling in love with this unique and entertaining form of theatre.

“From our first production, Snow White, here in Australia, we have felt the same expression of unbridled joy and love from audiences for our productions. The fact that the audience participation in the show is an important factor makes it a very special experience for everyone,” Lythgoe explained.

The giant 3D family panto musical spectacular Jack And The Beanstalk is Lythgoe’s latest incarnation to grace the State Theatre stage and fans of pantos won’t be disappointed.

“Interlaced into the familiar tale and what makes a true panto come to life, are scenic moments of pure comedy, madness, and mayhem that drive the story along. The sense of humour is often full of obvious jokes, topical references, and slapstick comedy but it brings on the laughs.”

This production is the most ambitious to date comprising of a first-ever 3D segment which should mesmerise audiences. “Embedded in the story of Jack And The Beanstalk is the exciting journey to the Giant Blunderbore’s castle and we thought what better way than to take audiences on that journey and let them actually feel and experience the adventure for themselves in 3D. It is going to be very exciting, I guarantee that!”

The show stars an A-List cast including Richard Reid, Lucy Durack, Peter Rowsthorn and Jimmy Rees. “Casting is never an easy task, as it has to be perfect, but I have to say that this year’s cast is a very strong company indeed.”

But is it a myth that pantos are solely for ‘young children? “Definitely a myth! The jokes are always contemporary so that they are understood by modern audiences with some priceless innuendos that make the adults laugh out loud.”

Lythgoe is adamant that this show will be a fun night out for young and old. “We promise you the most enjoyable and joyous two hours money can buy. A truly luscious magical spectacle that you will not forget.” (MMo)

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Jul 12-21. State Theatre, 49 Market St. $49-$99. Tickets & Info: www.ticketmaster.com.au