Pantomime: Jack and The Beanstalk: St Albans Arena, St Albans, 2008
Comedy legends Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball starred in the Christmas pantomime Jack and The Beanstalk and the whole family saw them live on stage in St Albans in 2008. Most of the famous catchphrases and routines from their very successful Saturday night TV eighties TV series were adapted for the pantomime. Every time Bobby Ball pulled on his comedy braces and yelled ‘Rock on Tommy!’, my one-year nephew, also called Tom kept bouncing up and down with excitement and the whole family enjoyed watching the comedy stars cause commotion. Bobby Ball has a genuinely funny face and can get audience on his side at the drop of a hat while Tommy is the brilliant steadfast feeder for Bobby’s reactions to the comedy situation. After the pantomime, we went to the pub next door to the theatre and waited for a lift. As I walked in, the two stars were sitting at the bar so I went over to them and praised them. They warmly shook my hand and Ball gave me one of his cheeky grins which made my day.
Reliably funny entertainers for all the family, Cannon and Ball have been a successful double act for over fifty years and continue to be very popular with audiences.