The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre has revealed who will be starring in their annual pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk.
The panto will star Emmanuel Akwafo as Dame Trott, Maddison Bulleyment as Jill, Jodie Jacobs as Fleshcreep, Leah St Luce as Jack and Finlay McGuigan as Simon.
More cast will be announced soon.
Directed by Nicholai La Barrie, Jack and the Beanstalk is written by Jude Christian and Sonia Jalaly and opens at the Lyric Hammersmith on 19 November 2022, running to 7 January 2023.
The Set and Costume Designer is Good Teeth, the Choreographer is Arielle Smith, Lighting Designer is Elliot Griggs, Composer and Arranger is Corin Buckeridge, Sound Designer is Nick Manning, Musical Director is Adam Gerber, Casting Director is Lotte Hines CDG, Casting Assistant is Lilly Mackie, Associate Sound Designer is Jet Sharp, and Assistant Director is Tyler Holland.
The Lyric also has a number of other Christmas treats this season including Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas (23 November to Saturday 31 December 2022), and singer, pianist and songwriter Joe Stilgoe with his festive jazz and Christmas party on 12 and 19 December 2022.
Nicholai La Barrie, Associate Director (Lyric Hammersmith Theatre) and Director (Jack and the Beanstalk) said: “Jack and the Beanstalk is going to be funny, joyous and full of Christmas magic. One of the great things about getting to make a panto at the Lyric is that we get to speak to our West London community and make a show for all to enjoy. This show is for everyone to sing and dance along to, and we can’t wait to hear kids laugh as loud as they like. We want the whole family to have the best time in the theatre, and for this to be an unforgettable experience.”
Jude Christian and Sonia Jalaly, writers (Jack and the Beanstalk) said: “Jack and the Beanstalk is bursting full of adventure and magic – it’s the perfect combo for a festive night out with some quintessential panto surprises thrown into the mix too!”
Rachel O’Riordan, Artistic Director and CEO of the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre said: “The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre’s much loved annual pantomime has become a West London favourite. Now in its 13th year, it continues to attract audiences of all ages from West London and beyond. Newly adapted by co-writers Jude Christian and Sonia Jalaly, Jack and the Beanstalk is the first panto directed by our Associate Director, Nicholai La Barrie. I am so thrilled for audiences to watch and experience this magical festive show, which our talented production team and artists have dreamt up.”