This year's panto - Jack & the Beanstalk - is going to be set inside the big top, with the colourful world of the Victorian travelling circus providing a dynamic backdrop to this traditional tale. Aerial acrobatics, tightrope and trapeze were therefore just some of the skills on the casting shopping list!
Making the casting cut are much-loved favourites from previous years together with a host of new talent, including several actors with strong circus credentials.
Gary Bridgens – a well-known stalwart of Georgian Theatre pantomimes – has been cast as the Dame following his highly successful dame debut in last year’s box office hit Puss in Boots and Jake England-Johns (who delighted last year’s audience in the title role of Puss) is the Ringmaster/magician.
New to this year’s pantomime is Lawrence Swaddle as Jack; a graduate of the Oxford School of Drama who is also skilled in acrobatics, stilt walking and trapeze along with many other circus stunts. He is joined by Emily Essery as his sister Jill, who has a wide range of stage and television credits, including aerial circus and tumbling skills and puppetry skills. The principal cast is completed with the multi-talented actress/singer/dancer/musician and circus performer Natalie Verhaegen (as the baddie Hetty Heinz) who has appeared in no less than 2000 shows in tented big tops.
Daniel Bowater is returning as Musical Director, who is himself a multi-instrumentalist performer, composer and arranger, to provide the important musical dimension to the production, together with accomplished musicians Jack Burton and Kerrin Tatman.
The chorus is made up of talented young performers that have become a mainstay of this popular family-style of pantomime.
Jack and the Beanstalk runs from Saturday 5th December 2015 until Sunday 3rd January 2016. Tickets are priced from £7 and are available from the Box Office on 01748 825252 or via the online booking service on this website.