The New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich has announced details of its 2021/2022 pantomime production.
A rock ‘n’ roll Jack and the Beanstalk panto will play to both in person and livestreamed audiences from 25 November 2021 to 8 January 2022.
The piece, written by New Wolsey Artistic Director Peter Rowe and directed by Kate Golledge, features a cast of multi-skilled actor musicians presenting a glorious mash up of pantomime and pop concert.
The production will feature classic and beloved elements of pantomime combined with live performances of classic rock and pop songs including Hit The Road Jack, Lady Marmalade, Get Offa My Cloud and Go Your Own Way.
There will also be interactions with audiences at home, participation and shout-outs, and the chance to supply a prop during the show.
Join Jack’s adventure as we find that Dame Dolly Durden’s family farm has fallen on hard times – Squire Snuffbox is demanding the rent and Giant Blunderbore, with his wicked sidekick, Fleshcreep, is terrorising the land. There’s only one thing for it – Jack will have to sell their last remaining cow, Bessie.
But when Jack comes back from the market with nothing more than a bag of beans it looks like the Durdens are done for. Then up pops Fairy Aubergine, up jumps a gigantic beanstalk and Jack is soon on his way up too, battling giants, rescuing the family farm and romancing the Squire’s spirited daughter, Jill.
The cast for Jack and the Beanstalk features Nicola Bryan as Fleshcreep, Joe Butcher as The Giant, Daniel Carter-Hope as Squire Snuffbox, James Haggie as Billy, Natasha Magigi as Fairy Aubergine/Gemima, Daniella Piper as Jill, Steve Simmonds as Dame Dolly Durden and Neil Urquhart as Jack.
The creative team features musical director Rebekah Hughes, set and costumes by Neil Irish, choreography by Darragh O’Leary, lighting by Richard G Jones, sound by James Cook, AV Programmer & Content Creator Jake Barinov and casting director Debbie O’Brien.
The production team is made up of: David Phillips (Head of Production), Lewis Moore (Deputy Production Manager), Margaret Lock (Wardrobe Supervisor), Laura Hammond (Company Stage Manager), Ellie Randall (Deputy Stage Manager), Crystal Gayle (Assistant Stage Manager) and Jack Ryan (LX Programmer).
Tickets for both in-person and online performances are on sale now from wolseytheatre.co.uk
Captioned, Audio Described, British Sign Language and Relaxed performances will be available during the run. All livestream performances have captioning and audio described options available, except for British Sign Language performances where the live stream’s captioning option will be replaced by a British Sign Language option.