Broadway, West End and The Greatest Showman superstar Keala Settle will make her panto debut this Christmas in Jack and the Beanstalk at Northampton’s Royal & Derngate.
Vocal powerhouse Keala Settle will play the Fairy. Her performance of the anthemic This Is Me in the global blockbuster movie The Greatest Showman earned her critical acclaim, with the original soundtrack becoming 2018’s best-selling album worldwide.
Keala recently made her West End debut playing Nurse in & Juliet at the Shaftesbury Theatre and is now in rehearsal for the major London revival of Sister Act The Musical. alongside Jennifer Saunders, Lesley Joseph and Beverley Knight. On Broadway she has appeared in Waitress, Les Miserables and Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
Keala Settle commented: “I am absolutely thrilled to be appearing in my first ever pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, at Royal & Derngate in Northampton. Panto is such a beloved institution in this country and I have always wanted to be a part of one. It’s going to be an incredible experience and just what we need for this 2022 festive season… I can’t wait!”
For Settle’s first ever pantomime, she will be joined by Horrible Histories’ Richard David-Caine, with Alex Lodge returning as Jack, and the hilarious Bob Golding returning as Dame.
Playing the villainous Luke Backinanger in Jack and the Beanstalk, Richard David-Caine is one half of comedy duo Cook and Line who featured in CBeebies’ BAFTA-winning show Swashbuckle and part of the core cast in the legendary comedy series Horrible Histories and Horrible Histories: The Movie, and also starred in CBBC mockumentary Class Dismissed.
Dame Trott will be played by top Pantomime Dame Bob Golding, who returns to the Northampton stage after winning the hearts of local audiences last year. Highlights of his wide-ranging career on stage and screen include the multi-award-winning one man show Morecambe celebrating the comic legend Eric Morecambe.
After playing the eponymous hero in last year’s Dick Whittington, Alex Lodge returns to the Derngate stage as Jack. Alex is currently starring as Jay Osmond in the tour of The Osmonds: A New Musical. His West End appearances include The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre and A Christmas Carol at the Dominion.
Written by Paul Hendy and co-directed by Emily Wood and Bob Golding, Jack and the Beanstalk promises to be spectacular, top quality entertainment with lavish sets, a hilarious script, knockout vocals and fun for all the family.
Jack and the Beanstalk will run from Friday 9 December 2022 to Monday 2 January 2023 at Royal & Derogate, Northampton.