It’s panto time again

by Handy Mag
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At The Kirk Theatre in Pickering

Rehearsals for this year’s Pickering panto, Jack & the Beanstalk, are well under way.

This year’s production is Jack & the Beanstalk, once again written by Ron Hall and directed by Luke Arnold.

The story follows the traditional fairy tale, with a local flare and twist. At the opening of the show, we meet Jack, who lives with his mother Widow Bumble, and brother Archie in their run down cottage in Stape. The cost of living crisis is really beginning to bite and Jack and the family decide their only option is to sell their beloved cow Buttercup at the local village fair.

Things take an unexpected turn when Jack finds the ‘money’ they received for Buttercup turns out to be a bag of worthless beans.

Jack and the family then find themselves on a dangerous mission to restore their fortune and save their home.

The production features many local performers and regular acting members of the Society. It’s nice to welcome back Danielle Long and Rosie Hodgson to reprise their principal roles of Jack and Sally. Also reappearing is the hugely successful double act of Stephen Temple and Paula Paylor, playing Archie and Nellie respectively. Pickering’s now famous Dame Marcus Burnside returns to the role, playing Widow Bumble.

The principal cast are supported by in excess of 50 performers, including members of the Sarah Louise Ashworth School of Dance.

Director and Theatre Manager Luke Arnold said: “I can’t believe how quickly panto season has come round again. Having had to delay last year’s production, I am pleased our schedule is getting back to normal with our pantomime in its traditional place.”

Jack & the Beanstalk will provide all the fun and frolics you would expect from your annual pantomime, with new songs and an uplifting story.

The show runs from Friday 20th to Sunday 29th January. Tickets are priced from £12 and can be obtained from the Box Office at The Kirk Theatre, on 01751 474833 or online at

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