The actress chatted to Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon about starring in Watford Palace Theatre’s production of Jack and the Beanstalk. 

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Hi Charlotte, thanks for taking the time to talk to me. What can audiences expect from this production of Jack & The Beanstalk? We’ve relocated the action to Switzerland, in a little fictional town called Toblerone. There’s a Giant who’s stolen all the snow, and a very unlikely hero has arrived to save the day. Along the way, there’s a lot of magic, mayhem, and a talking cow!

What makes pantomimes so special to be a part of? Pantomimes are so many people’s first experience of theatre, so I always think about that when I go on stage. I love that it’s a Christmas tradition, too. We had a lady in the audience today who was on her 20th year of seeing Watford’s panto!

How has it been working with the rest of the cast on the production? Amazing! This is my first panto at Watford Palace Theatre, and the cast have welcomed me with open arms. We’ve done a lot of laughing over the last couple of weeks. I’d extend this to the backstage team too – I spend just as much time with them, and they’re all brilliant. I couldn’t be happier.

What are you most looking forward to about performing for audiences? I’m looking forward to the accessible performances we’re doing, particularly the relaxed performance. I’ve done one before and it was my favourite show of the season – I’m so happy more and more theatres are offering them.

Some people underestimate just how hard it is working on a pantomime – how do you find it? It’s a marathon schedule, for sure. I have extra prep to do this year because I’m playing the Giant as well as Fairy Fullobeans. The Giant puppet weighs 40kg, so I have a programme of stretches to do after every show, and I do extra strength training and have physio every week to help me recover and stay ‘show fit’. It’s all worth it though – the show is so brilliant and I’m very proud to be part of it.

How would you sum up Jack and the Beanstalk? Fab-moo-lous!

By Emma Clarendon 

Jack and the beanstalk continues to play at the Watford Palace Theatre until the 5th January. For more information visit: https://watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/pantomime/jack-and-the-beanstalk/