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First look: Jack and the Beanstalk – The Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto at The New Wolsey Theatre

Steve Simmonds, Photo by Mike Kwasniak
Steve Simmonds, Photo by Mike Kwasniak

Here’s a first look at Jack and the Beanstalk – The Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto at New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich.

The festive production is currently playing to both in person and livestreamed audiences through to 8 January 2022.

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Written by New Wolsey Artistic Director Peter Rowe and directed by Kate Golledge, a cast of multi-skilled actor musicians present a glorious mash up of pantomime and pop concert with songs including Hit The Road Jack, Lady Marmalade, Get Offa My Cloud and Go Your Own Way.

Steve Simmonds and Daniel Carter-Hope, Photo by Mike Kwasniak
Steve Simmonds and Daniel Carter-Hope, Photo by Mike Kwasniak
Danielle Piper and Neil Urquhart, Photo by Mike Kwasniak
Danielle Piper and Neil Urquhart, Photo by Mike Kwasniak
Danielle Piper, Photo by Mike Kwasniak
Danielle Piper, Photo by Mike Kwasniak
James Haggie, Photo by Mike Kwasniak
James Haggie, Photo by Mike Kwasniak

There will also be interactions with audiences watching 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.

Natasha Magigi, Photo by Mike Kwasniak
Natasha Magigi, Photo by Mike Kwasniak
Nicola Bryan, Photo by Mike Kwasniak
Nicola Bryan, Photo by Mike Kwasniak
Joe Butcher, Photo by Mike Kwasniak
Joe Butcher, Photo by Mike Kwasniak

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 is made up of 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.

Tickets for both in-person and online performances are on sale now from wolseytheatre.co.uk


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