With its witty humour, directed as much at children as at adults, there's no need for much of an introduction to the famous Christmas time Pantomime "Jack and the Beanstalk". As always it was a great pleasure to photograph it for the Bolton Little Theatre this year.
Written by Alan P Frayn and directed by Paul Cohen, the play follows the comical antics of well known characters: financially struggling Dame Dotty Dimple, her brave son Jack, hilarious son Simple Simon, and their beloved gentle pet cow Buttermilk.
The family in the centre of the play live under the rule of gentle and rather confused King Crumble, and his wife Queen Apricot, both parents to sweet princess Charlotte.
They all live in fear of a scary giant send to terrorise the kingdom by the wicked witch Picalilli and her henchman Rancid the Ratman, plus a pair of bungling bailiffs Snatchet & Scarper.
But not all is lost, thanks to the bravery of our Jack, with help and little magic from Fairy Sugardust together with audience involvement.
The cast in no particular order:
Dame Dotty Dimple - Ryan Smart-Stanton
Jack - Chloe Heaton
Simple Simon - Carl Hughes
Snatchet - Guy Tudgay
Scarper - Jason Taylor
Buttermilk the Cow - Fiona Brown & Martyn Brown
Fairy Sugardust - Colette Wiseman
Picalilli the Witch - Jo Burton
Rancid the Ratman - Adam Manning
Queen Apricot - Catherine Henderson
King Crumble - Chris Watts
Princess Charlotte - Beth Allcock
Humphrey - Kyle Halliwell
Voice of Giant - Chris Watts
The play is on twice a day until 15th December 2019 and a handful of tickets are still available.
You can book at the Bolton Little Theatre box office in person or by telephone: 01204 524469 on Monday night from 7.30 to 9pm and Friday mornings from 10.30 to 12 noon or by following this link to book online
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