Panto The Theatre

Overview

The seeds have been sown for a magical Christmas as Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts.  Writer-producer Peter Duncan is to play his first ever panto Dame, opposite former Sugababes singer Amelle Berrabah and Connor Byrne, instantly recognisable to TV audiences from the Tracy Beaker series and the Dumping Ground

Giant Blunderbore is in a terrible rage. He shouts from above threatening to eat any villager who won’t pay their rent. Poor Dame Trott has to sell her precious cow Buttercup and sends her son Jack to market to get the best price he can. Jack is in love with Jill, the Squire's daughter and is easily fooled by the Giant's henchman Fleshcreep who steals Buttercup for a worthless bag of beans. Will Jack be the hero and save the village from the human chomping ogre, only the magical Garden Fairy knows the answer to that.

Come and see this year's planet saving pantomime packed with songs, laughter and great spectacle. Warning: Don’t upset the Giant especially when he’s hungry!

This is the fourth year running that Lighthouse has co-produced its homegrown pantomime with Duncan Reeves Productions, the company headed by Olivier Award-nominated actor and TV presenter Peter Duncan and musical director Darren Reeves.

To make a booking for groups of 10 or more please contact the Ticket Office who can assist you and help manage your booking. Discounts are available for Groups of 10+ ( £4 off excluding peak)  and 50+ (£5 off excluding peak).


RELAXED PERFORMANCE  Monday 16th December 5.30pm.  Please call Ticket Office to book your seats

Perfect for anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed performance environment – including those with an autism spectrum condition or learning disability.

What's different?

  • the lights in the audience will be up so that it's not too dark
  • you can make noise during the show
  • you can come and go as you please
  • if you need a break there are chill out areas
  • We make small changes to the lights and sound (such as taking out strobes lights) so that the performance is more accessible if you have sensory sensitivities.

Go green to Poole’s planet-saving panto

Morebus are proud to be the official travel partner of our planet-saving pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, this year!

Did you know? One full double decker bus can take as many as 75 cars off the road which not only reduces nasty emissions, but congestion too; making the roads clearer and cleaner! Last year, morebus invested £7.2 million in 41 brand new buses which all have the latest Euro VI engines; emitting less NOx emissions than an average diesel car! With over 20 routes stopping just outside Lighthouse Poole all day and all night, the bus is by the far the cleanest, greenest and cheapest way to get to this year’s show! So leave the car at home and help to do your bit for Poole’s pollution and congestion this Christmas…

Plan your journey online at morebus.co.uk with directions, live departure times, timetables and fare information all at the click of a button or a tap of an app.

Amelle Berrabah interview

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Growing up in Aldershot, former Sugababes singer Amelle Berrabah was a regular visitor to Bournemouth beach as a child, but although she has only been to Poole a handful of times she likes what she’s seen and is eager to find out more.

“We stayed in Poole with Sugababes a couple of times and it’s absolutely beautiful,” she says. “I can’t wait to have a proper look around the Quay and the old parts of town.”

Amelle is starring as the Fairy in Jack and the Beanstalk, Poole’s family pantomime at Lighthouse, and she hopes to see more of what Poole has to offer during its 40-show run this Christmas. That’s when she’s not spending time with her daughter Amirah who’ll be 18 mouths old during the panto run.

“I love panto and last year was my first – Beauty and the Beast in Runcorn – but I absolutely loved it. For the last two weeks of that I was overlapping with Club Tropicana and I was on the road in that from January to August. It has been an amazing, but I’ve missed being at home and seeing Amirah every day. We bought a house in the middle of all that but by August I had only slept in it for three nights so when the tour ended I took two months off before panto rehearsals started.”

Balancing work and home life is a tall order in any walk of life, but it’s a particular challenge for performers and Amelle is the first to credit the support of her husband, record producer Marcio Sousa Rosa.

“He cleared his diary for me because he knew how much I wanted to do this. My daughter was only little when I went away and for the first few weeks all I did was stalk him because no matter how hard you try you can’t help that a bit of you is always tuned to her and what she needs, what she’s being fed, when she needs a nap.

“She came to see me last year in panto and there was not a word out of her. She knows my voice so as soon as I spoke she could tell it was me and I could see her from the stage. She’ll be coming to see me in Poole so I hope she enjoys it as much as last year.”

Amelle is playing the Fairy in Jack and the Beanstalk, essentially helping to bring the story to life, but she will be hoping Amirah doesn’t pick up on her fear of giants, a result of having Jack and the Beanstalk read to her as a child.

“I know the story really well, but I have this thing that goes back to being a kid when I was really spooked by giants and a bit freaked out by the big table and furniture. My parents would often find me and my sister crawling around the house pretending we were in the giant’s house looking for good places to hide – we needed to have a plan just in case!”

With a busy work and home life there’s precious little time for anything else but that never stops fans asking Amelle when the Sugababes are going to reform. So…

“We’re talking and trying to line up diaries. I think it will happen, it’s just a question of how it will happen. Will it be a single tour to say goodbye or will there be an album as well? I don’t know, but there will be something. Watch this space!”

* Jack and the Beanstalk opens at Lighthouse on Thursday 12 December and runs until Sunday 5 January. Tickets and information on 01202 280000, lighthousepoole.co.uk.

Connor Byrne interview

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Familiar to millions from the BBC TV adaptations of author Jacqueline Wilson’s Tracy Beaker stories – he has played Mike Milligan since 2002 making him the longest-serving cast member in the franchise – actor Connor Byrne got exactly the welcome he wanted when he visited Poole for the first time this summer.

“I’d never been to Poole before, but I got off the train and I could smell the sea – that’s a good sign,” says the Irish actor who stars as Squire Longshanks in Poole’s family pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk at Lighthouse.

“I’ve not done a lot of panto, this is only my third, but I have done Jack and the Beanstalk. It’s in my blood because I’m a camp, over-the-top show off and in panto everything has to be much bigger, it’s an art in itself.

“I’ve spent an awful lot of time on television and it’s 12-hour days and it’s the longest, most boring job in the world. You’re not really acting because if you act on screen you can see the performance, which isn’t what they want, so this is almost the compete antithesis of that in that it’s not just acting it’s acting with huge elan. It goes back to an old style of theatre, to music hall and commedia dell’art.”

About which Connor knows a great deal. A classically trained ballet soloist he has danced all over the world, twice appearing as Harlequin – the first time in his twenties and again just four years ago in his fifties when he choreographed himself as an old broken Harlequin in Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona at Wilton’s Music Hall, a production that won Best Opera in the 2016 Off-West End Theatre Awards.

“It was quite good to take the box marked ‘Dance’ out of the loft and see what I can do. Actually, I can still do a lot, but I can’t get off the ground anymore.”

He didn’t seem to have any trouble going upwards when posing for photos with his fellow panto cast members, but these things are no doubt relative. Ballet’s loss is clearly panto’s gain and Connor is very much at home in the cast of Jack and the Beanstalk. This is the fourth year running that Lighthouse has co-produced its own pantomime with Duncan Reeves Productions, the company headed by Olivier Award-nominated actor and TV presenter Peter Duncan and musical director Darren Reeves.

“The idea of playing with Peter is fun because he’s a bit of a wildcard, you never quite know what he’s going to do,” explains Connor. “He has great comedy skills and if he does go off on one, I’m happy to go with him; I’m happy to play. That’s often where the magic happens anyway.

“Another reason is to work with Jay [Worthy] because he is very, very good at directing panto. It’s a formula, but there’s a way to do it that is just right – if you sing the right song you can pretty much win the world if you get it right.

“Pantomime is chemistry and I’ve met the others and I’ve got a real sense that something special could cook here.”

* Jack and the Beanstalk opens at Lighthouse on Thursday 12 December and runs until Sunday 5 January. Tickets and information on 01202 280000, lighthousepoole.co.uk

 

Jack and Jill interview

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In the 21st century it’s no longer enough for the Principal Boy and Girl in panto to be simply the romantic interest, they need to offer something more – something that both the leads in Jack and the Beanstalk, Poole’s family pantomime, are very conscious of.

“Jill is feisty, and a genuine soul, that is what I’m going for; that’s my take on it,” says Welsh singer-songwriter and actor Bethan-Wyn Davies. “I knew the basic story of Jack and the Beanstalk and there are elements of the story in the film Into the Woods as well, but I didn’t know there was a Jill. Thank God there is though otherwise I’d be playing a bean!”

For actor Alex Lodge it was the chance to work with Peter Duncan and play a comic lead that attracted him to Jack and the Beanstalk – his first panto for four years.

“I get to do comic as well as hero and get to be very silly with Peter Duncan, which is great,” he says. “He asked me the other day if I wanted to put unicycling into the show, so that could happen as well, who knows?

“But I walked into the audition and immediately felt these are my kind of people, this is my kind of vibe with all the banter and jokes. I’m quite a silly person so other people that are silly are right up my street.”

Alex and Beth both agree that panto is nothing without the full involvement of the younger members of the audience.

“As cliched as it sounds I do think panto can be quite a challenge for a lot of actors because you have to be able to interact with an audience and with kids and if they don’t like you they definitely tell you the truth,” laughs Beth. “it was a massive challenge going into it when I did my first panto, making everything a lot bigger than what you’re used to and I think you have to be quite versatile to able to do it.”

For Alex though playing to young people is less of a stretch…

“The kids really make it; I think it’s about thinking like a kid, which is great for me. I’m 26 but I am a child so when you’re on their level it’s great. School shows where they go mental and the noise is deafening and then you have to say it’s not loud enough and you feel the teachers wincing, it’s infectious joy that I don’t think comes with any other form of theatre.

“I love hecklers when people shout things out. Kids swearing, punching your legs, I love all of that. I think with panto you know very soon if the kids are not with you and they don’t believe it. They have zero filter so if you’ve lost them you know about it and you’ve had it.”

This is the fourth year running that Lighthouse has co-produced its own pantomime with Duncan Reeves Productions, the company headed by Olivier Award-nominated actor and TV presenter Peter Duncan and musical director Darren Reeves.

“Peter called me the other day,” says Alex, “and asked if I’d like him to write something for me as an opening spot or if I’d like free rein. I said: ‘Peter don’t give me free rein; how long would you like this panto to be?’

“But I love that side of it, it’s a bit dangerous. Every show is different so if a gag lands really well one day you want to do it the same, but you never find it again so in such a short run it’s about embracing each show as a brand new show, which of course it is.

“I’ve never not enjoyed working on a panto. Compared to the work you do the rest of the year this is like freedom; it feels like you get paid to mess around. The joy of not being you and the idea of seeing it through the eyes of children. They don’t know me as Alex, to them I am Jack so afterwards you meet the kids and the faces on the kids, well that just makes it all worthwhile. If you’re a bit tired and a bit run down and it’s the fourteenth time you’ve done it that week and you see those faces just beaming and getting into the jokes. That’s what you do it for.”

* Jack and the Beanstalk opens at Lighthouse on Thursday 12 December and runs until Sunday 5 January. Tickets and information on 01202 280000, lighthousepoole.co.uk

Fleshcreep interview

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Jay Worthy can’t wait to get his teeth into panto again this year at Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts – not only is he playing the villain, but he’s also directing the show.

“I’ve done a lot of Jack and the Beanstalks and I’ve played a lot of Fleshcreeps and he is great fun,” says Jay. “He is an inventor, the man who is responsible for the Giant, the hen that lays golden eggs and the singing harp.”

Jay is a panto thoroughbred and was at Lighthouse two years ago in Cinderella, a show he remembers with great fondness as one of the highlights of a career that has spanned more than 25 years.

“I was playing Ugly Sister and we just had the best time. The show got phenomenal reviews and it was something about the combination of everything – of people and ideas and even the mood of the audience coming to see the show – that created something really special. I assisted Peter directing the show because he went off to Mumbai to work so I took over from him up then looked after the show for the run.”

This is the fourth year running that Lighthouse has co-produced its own pantomime with Duncan Reeves Productions, the company headed by Olivier Award-nominated actor and TV presenter Peter Duncan and musical director Darren Reeves.

The preparation for Jack and the Beanstalk has been intense with careful planning starting long before the script was realised – Peter, Darren and Jay spent an unprecedented eight days auditioning actors for the principal roles.

“I think what ultimately it came down to was that the people we decided we wanted set the bar so high we had to keep seeing people until we found the company we wanted.

“Part of the auditioning process was finding out whether they are the sort of people who would fit into the group, who would be people we all wanted to spend Christmas with, because you’re a family for five weeks. Basically, you’re thrown together and you’ve got ten days to create what is essentially a full-scale musical so you need it to be with people you like and you get on with and that are working in the same way creatively.

“You want a group of people who want to work hard and have fun doing it.”

* Jack and the Beanstalk opens at Lighthouse on Thursday 12 December and runs until Sunday 5 January. Tickets and information on 01202 280000, lighthousepoole.co.uk

The roots of Jack and the Beanstalk

The much-loved story of the poor boy and his widowed mother whose fortunes are changed forever by some magic beans and a giant’s treasure, Jack & the Beanstalk is a pantomime staple.

Long before the first recognised pantomimes there were theatrical Christmas entertainments and harlequinades, among them famous actor manager David Garrick’s 1773 Drury Lane production of Jack the Giant Killer inspired by a fairy tale that had appeared three years earlier as ‘The Story of Jack Spriggins and the Enchanted Bean’ in a publication called Round About Our Coal Fire: Or Christmas Entertainments.

Jack is described as a “dirty, lazy tatter-de-mallon” who lives in a hovel with his grandmother whose magic bean he steals, plants and watches grow into a tall stalk. When the grandmother turns into a toad she chases Jack up the beanstalk where he finds an enchanted tavern and is granted the power to possess all the pleasures he desires to defeat the giant GogMagog, whose name apparently amalgamates Gog and Magog, the fabled giant guardians of the City of London.

Even then the story spoke to the much older tradition of English folk tales that featured the archetypal hero called Jack. In the legend of ‘Jack the Giant Killer’, a story that possibly dates ack to the Vikings, Jack is a Cornish farmer’s son who lived close to Lands End where a giant was terrorising local farms and stealing cattle. To stop him Jack dug a pit and covered it with sticks then lured the giant to his doom by blowing his horn.

Over time the story developed and in 1807 was published as a sixpenny booklet The History of Mother Twaddle and the Marvellous Achievements of her Son Jack, in which the Dame finds a sixpence and sends her son to market to buy a goose. However, Jack is swindled by a pedlar and ends up with a ‘magic’ bean that he plants and in the morning climbs up the beanstalk to a giant’s castle where a pretty servant girl drugs her master, leaving Jack to cut off his head, send for his mother and marry the maid.

Two years later the Lyceum Theatre in London staged a version of the story although the first actual pantomime is widely considered to have been the 1819 Drury Lane production of Jack and the Beanstalk or Harlequin and the Ogre written by Charles Dibben. Jack was played by Eliza Povey who is said to have refused to climb the beanstalk, leaving it to a young boy called Jack Sullivan whose stage debut proved to be only the first rung on a ladder to success that saw him achieve great fame by the 1830s as Silvain, principal dancer at the Academie Royale in Paris.  

The characters and where they came from

Jack

Our hero. His name never changes – the clue’s in the title! The name dates back to traditional folk stories in which a hero called Jack defeats a Giant near Land's End then goes on to have a variety of adventure throughout Cornwall and Wales. In the pantomime Jack’s surname is nearly always Trott, although on occasion it has also been Durden.

The Dame
Invariably known as Dame Trott – a ‘Trot’ was another Old English word for ‘Hag’ – sometimes she is known as Dame Durden. The legendary Dan Leno music hall star and pantomime Dame made his debut as Durden in 1886 at the Surrey Theatre and played Dame Trott at Drury Lane in 1899.

The Giant
The villain. His traditional name of Blunderbore is perhaps an inspiration for the Harry Potter character Dumbledore. In the early 18th century plays of Jack the Giant Killer, Jack kills Cormoran, the Giant of Cornwall, before being captured by a giant called Blunderbore who he strangles. In 1899, soon after the start of the Boer War in what is now South Africa the giant was renamed Blunderboer to the delight of audiences of patriotic Londoners. In modern times the Giant’s henchmen is usually known as Fleshcreep. The Giant’s catchphrase: “Fee-Fie-Fo-Fum! I smell the blood of an Englishman” owes much to Shakespeare’s line from King Lear: “Fee, fo and fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman.”

The Comic
Usually Simple Simon, from the nursery rhyme about the pie man, but sometimes known as Silly Billy, Tommy Tucker, Simple Sammy, Muggles or Miffins.

The Cow
Although names such as Daffodil, Buttercup, Connie, Mabel, Constance, Jessie, Ethel and Matilda have been recorded, the traditional name for the cow is Daisy.

Principal Girl
Unless she is written as the Squire’s daughter, in which case she is known as Jill from the nursery rhyme about the girl and boy who went up a hill, the Principal Girl doesn’t have a traditional name.

The Squire/King, The Fairy
There are no traditional names for these supporting characters, although they always feature in the story.

This half term Peter wants your plastic for giant polymer panto pariah

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Giant problems don’t come much bigger than plastic – it’s choking our oceans and according to the WWF by 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish.

Many of us are far more conscious about our use of plastics than ever before and people power has been instrumental in persuading governments to take action to tackle the problem.

But now more help is at hand as Panto Power is ready to weigh in with community action.

Peter Duncan, the former Blue Peter man and committed climate change activist who is co-producing and playing the Dame in Jack and the Beanstalk at Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts, wants to build a Giant out of unwanted plastic.

“We need to show just how terrible the Giant is and at the end of the show we find out he’s so bad he’s made of plastic,” explains Peter, who has written the script with a strong eco-message. “It spoils nothing to know the Giant gets his comeuppance and having him made of plastic will make the boys and girls hiss and boo even harder.”

He wants plastic of all shapes and sizes that he can use to fashion his ultimate polymer panto pariah, but unwanted lilos, beach balls and brightly coloured plastic would be perfect.

Peter will be in Poole to begin rehearsals from next Monday, 28 October, and is inviting people to bag up their unwanted plastic and bring it to Lighthouse. Bags can be left at the Artists’ Entrance reception in Seldown Lane until lunchtime on Friday 2 November.

“It’s not often I think plastic is fantastic, but just for a few days it’s not quite so bad,” laughs Peter, adding that all plastic – including the Giant – will be properly recycled at the end.

Oh yes it will!

  • Jack and the Beanstalk opens at Lighthouse on Thursday 12 December and runs until Sunday 5 January. Tickets and information on 01202 280000, lighthousepoole.co.uk.

Peter sows the seeds of success

The seeds have been sown for a magical Christmas as Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts, is delighted to announce Jack and the Beanstalk as this year’s homegrown family pantomime.

Peter Duncan

This is the fourth year running that Lighthouse has co-produced its own pantomime with Duncan Reeves Productions, the company headed by Olivier Award-nominated actor and TV presenter Peter Duncan and musical director Darren Reeves.

And Peter is already hard at work on the script as he feeds the seeds in his very own greenhouse.

“I’m really looking forward to creating another great pantomime at Lighthouse – Jack and the Beanstalk is a terrific story and incredibly versatile, there’ll be lots of songs and laughter; a real spectacle for all the family,” promises the former Blue Peter presenter who recently earned rave reviews in the title role of The Dame, his daughter Katie’s poignant backstage monologue.

Peter has revealed the script will have an environmental theme inspired by the global movement led by 16-year-old Swedish student Greta Thunberg that saw 1.6 million students in 120 countries take part in strikes last month to press the world’s politicians to act on climate change.

“What they achieved was amazing and the movement continues to grow so I’m very happy to highlight the message – who knew pantomime could play a part in saving the planet?!”

Giant Blunderbore is in a terrible rage as he roars from above and threatens to eat any villager who doesn’t pay their rent. To meet the Giant’s demands Poor Dame Trott is forced to sell her precious cow Buttercup and sends her son Jack to market to get the best price he can. But Jack is in love with the Squire’s daughter Jill and is easily fooled by the Giant’s henchman Fleshcreepy who steals Buttercup for a worthless bag of beans.

Only the magical Garden Fairy knows if Jack can make amends and become a hero by saving the village from the hungry, angry Giant. Find out by coming to see this year’s planet-saving pantomime at Lighthouse. But be warned: whatever you don’t upset the Giant… especially when he’s hungry!

“Lighthouse is thrilled to be renewing its partnership with Duncan Reeves Productions,” says Chief Executive Elspeth McBain. “Dick Whittington was such a hit last year with audiences, as were Cinderella and Aladdin before it so we’re looking forward to creating an even more magical and fun-filled show this year.”

Dick Whittington star Chris Jarvis, who also co-wrote and directed the show, won Best Principal Boy at the Great British Pantomime Awardson 28 April in a star studded ceremony presided over by host Christopher Biggins at the New Wimbledon Theatre.

One of Britain’s best-loved pantomimes, Jack and the Beanstalk first appeared 285 years ago as ‘The Story of Jack Spriggins and the Enchanted Bean’, a Christmas fairy tale by Dick Merryman, and can be enjoyed in 40 performances at Lighthouse from Thursday 12 December to Sunday 5 January. Tickets on sale now at the box office, by phone on 01202 280000 and online at www.lighthousepoole.co.uk.

Get growing - Panto goes green as beanstalk flourishes

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“Get growing!” That’s the message from Peter Duncan, writer and co-producer of Poole’s family pantomime Jack & the Beanstalk, who has been nurturing his beanstalks for several weeks and they’re already seven feet tall… and growing!

Free packets of beans are available at Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts, for budding young gardeners to grow their own beanstalks in time for panto this year with a special prize to be presented by the cast to the grower of the tallest beanstalk.

“It’s not too late but we have to move quickly as time is running out to get those beans planted and growing,” says Peter, who was at Lighthouse last Friday for the auditions for the young company.

Peter is already working on a brand-new script for this year’s show, but has revealed it will have an environmental theme inspired by his long standing interest in green issues and his visit to the Extinction Rebellion protests in London earlier this year, as well as last month’s Glastonbury festival to perform The Dame, his daughter Katie’s poignant backstage monologue.

“Jack & the Beanstalk is a story of our time. The beans have come to symbolise our connection to Nature and the Giant can be seen as representing all those that resist the shift towards renewables, whether that’s individual climate change deniers or big corporations continuing to burn fossil fuels.”

Peter, who joined Friends of the Earth in the mid-1970s, has been energised by the global movement led by 16-year-old Swedish student Greta Thunberg that saw 1.6 million students in 120 countries take part in strikes to press the world’s politicians to act on climate change.

“Green issues are very dear to my heart, they always have been, and I’m very taken by the way that Greta Thunberg can speak and the whole world listens. These issues are very mainstream now in a way that was impossible to imagine forty years ago.

“The panto will have a scene in which the school kids rebel against the Dame and her old-fashioned lessons and walk out in protest. It will be a funny scene, but it’s a way of bringing elements of the real world into our imaginary panto world.”

For Peter, who grew up surrounded by panto paraphernalia – his parents were producers – this is just the latest evolution of the Jack & the Beanstalk story.

“The great panto themes are about things we all recognise – love, loss, poverty, success – but the particularly interesting thing about Jack & the Beanstalk is the way it teaches us to look after what we have – do that and we can have a good harvest.”

 

This is the fourth year running that Lighthouse has co-produced its own pantomime with Duncan Reeves Productions, the company headed by Olivier Award-nominated actor and TV presenter Peter Duncan and musical director Darren Reeves.

Jack & the Beanstalk can be enjoyed in 40 performances at Lighthouse from Thursday 12 December to Sunday 5 January. Tickets on sale now at the box office, by phone on 01202 280000 and online at www.lighthousepoole.co.uk.

 

Cast announced

Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts, continues to cultivate the Christmas magic having finalised the cast for this year’s homegrown family pantomime Jack & the Beanstalk.

Writer-producer Peter Duncan is to play his first ever panto Dame, opposite former Sugababes singer Amelle Berrabah and Connor Byrne, instantly recognisable to TV audiences from the Tracy Beaker seriesand The Dumping Ground.

This is the fourth year running that Lighthouse has co-produced its own pantomime with Duncan Reeves Productions, the company headed by Olivier Award-nominated actor and TV presenter Peter Duncan and musical director Darren Reeves.

The cast:

Amelle Berrabah (Fairy). Replaced original Sugababes member Mutya Buena in 2005 until the band’s split in 2011, then featured on Tinchy Stryder’s number one single ‘Never Leave You’ and appeared in celebrity gymnastics show Tumble in 2014. Amelle made her musical theatre debut earlier this year in Club Tropicana.

Connor Byrne (Squire Longshanks). Best known as Mike Milligan in The Story of Tracy Beaker, Tracy Beaker Returns and The Dumping Ground, Connor’s breakthrough role was as Rob Sharpe in London’s Burning and continues to appear as private detective Geoff in Emmerdale.

Peter Duncan (Dame Trott/Writer/Producer). Former Blue Peter presenter, Peter Duncan returns to Lighthouse to play The Dame in panto for the first time. Earlier this year he won widespread acclaim in his daughter Katie’s play, The Dame, about a music hall legend with a dark past.

Jay Worthy (Fleshcreepy/Director). With stage credits that include Little Shop of Horrors, Boogie Nights, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Oliver, Jay also appeared in Cinderella at Lighthouse in 2017.

Alex Lodge (Jack Trott). Having made his West End debut in The Book of Mormon, Alex’s credits include Romance Romance, Thom Southerland's Titanic in Toronto, a UK tour of Saturday Night Fever and the Union Theatre[‘s sell-out revival of Closer to Heaven.

Bethan-Wyn Davies (Jill Longshanks). Classically trained, Bethan-Wyn began her career with an MA in Musical Theatre at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and is about to release her debut EP ‘Should’ve Known Better’.

Jack & the Beanstalk can be enjoyed in 40 performances at Lighthouse from Thursday 12 December to Sunday 5 January. Tickets on sale now at the box office, by phone on 01202 280000 and online at www.lighthousepoole.co.uk.

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