Jack and the Beanstalk
Author(s): Peter Rowe
Company: New Wolsey Theatre
Jack and the Beanstalk, written by New Wolsey Artistic Director Peter Rowe and directed by Kate Golledge, is billed as a “rock ‘n’ rock panto” that features a cast of actor musicians presenting a mash-up of pantomime and pop concert.
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 are: Nicola Bryan (Sweet Charity) as Fleshcreep, Joe Butcher (Buddy—The Buddy Holly Story) as The Giant, Daniel Carter-Hope (Made In Dagenham) as Squire Snuffbox, James Haggie (Jesus Christ Superstar) as Billy, Natasha Magigi (Don Quixote) as Fairy Aubergine / Gemima, Daniella Piper (The Secret Garden) as Jill, Steve Simmonds (Assassins) as Dame Dolly Durden and Neil Urquhart (Bicycle Boy) as Jack. All other roles are played by members of the company.
Jack and the Beanstalk is written by New Wolsey Artistic Director Peter Rowe and directed by Kate Golledge with Rebekah Hughes (musical director), Neil Irish (set & costume director), Darragh O’Leary (choreographer), Richard G Jones (lighting designer), James Cook (sound designer), Jake Barinov (AV programmer & content creator) and Debbie O’Brien (casting director).