Rufus Hound and Sally Hodgkiss to star in Jack and the Beanstalk panto at Norwich Theatre Royal

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Comedians Rufus Hound and Sally Hodgkiss will star in the cast of Norwich Theatre’s 2022 pantomime.

Jack and the Beanstalk will run at the venue from 10 December 2022 to 8 January 2023.


Rufus Hound will play King Nigel with Sally Hodgkiss as Jill and Dayle Hudson as Nightshade.

They join Joe Tracini as Jack, Amanda Henderson as Pat the Cow, Linda John-Pierre as Fairy Fullobeans and, for the 22nd year at Norwich Theatre, panto favourite Richard Gauntlett will return as Dame Trott.

Jack and the Beanstalk tells the story of hero Jack, who swaps his family’s cow for a bag of magic beans. By climbing the Beanstalk of the beans he planted, he finds himself on a GIANT adventure.

The show will be jam-packed full of slapstick comedy, laugh-out-loud gags, outrageous costumes, dazzling song and dance numbers and plenty of chances to cheer, boo and hiss.

This will be a lively show that is full of beans!

Wendy Ellis, Creative Programme Director at Norwich Theatre, said: “We are delighted that our King Nigel will be played by Rufus Hound, who will undoubtedly bring his comic timing and sharp wit to the role. Sally, who is a talented improv comic, will make sure the audience will be laughing throughout the show. Every panto needs a baddie and we are thrilled to welcome Dayle Hudson as Nightshade.

“Rufus, Sally and Dayle will be in good company, joining Casualty star Amanda Henderson as Pat the Cow and Britain’s Got Talent’s Linda John-Pierre as Fairy Fullobeans. Joe Tracini will be playing the title role of Jack. Plus Norwich’s favourite panto dame Richard Gauntlett. This will mark Richard’s 22nd pantomime appearance at Norwich Theatre.

“Last year, Joe Tracini won the hearts and minds of the Norwich Theatre audiences as Tommy the Cat. Joe was recognised for changing perceptions and raising awareness of mental health through his pantomime performance in this role receiving the Special Recognition Award at the 2022 Pantomime Awards.

“With this fantastic cast, Jack and the Beanstalk is shaping up to be a spectacular and exciting celebration that will be perfect for the festive season.”

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