The countdown to panto has now begun as the cast and crew arrived this week to begin rehearsals for Jack and the Beanstalk.
This year is very special as it marks writer and director Kenneth Alan Taylor’s 30th pantomime, and his final time playing the Dame. Kenneth introduced pantomime to Nottingham Playhouse in 1984 with Jack and the Beanstalk and is thrilled to be doing it again 30 years on.
We are delighted to welcome back many familiar faces and panto favourites including Rebecca Little, who is back to play Jack, in her 13th pantomime at Nottingham Playhouse. Also returning are John Elkington, who plays Slurp, Hannah Whittingham who plays the Enchantress and Anthony Hoggard who plays Mrs Blunderbore. Tim Frater returns for his second Playhouse panto after playing Will Scarlet in last year’s Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood. We welcome Kelly Edwards who has previously appeared in the chorus of five pantomimes and this year has her first main part as Annie. Finally, we are delighted that Daniel Hoffmann-Gill will be playing Giant Blunderbore in his first ever pantomime role. You may recognise Daniel as Lennie from last year’s popular production of Of Mice and Men, and for playing Bill Voce in The Ashes. He is currently getting to grips with walking around on stilts – though at 6’6” he hardly needs them!
To read more about Jack and the Beanstalk or to book tickets click here or call the Box Office on 0115 941 9419.
Photo (l-r) – Tim Frater, Daniel Hoffmann-Gill, John Elkington, Rebecca Little, Kenneth Alan Taylor, Hannah Whittingham, Adele Parry (Choreographer), Anthony Hoggard, Kelly Edwards and John Morton (Musical Director)