The pantomime will play at the London venue from the 10th December.
Michael Harrison for Crossroads Pantomimes has announced the return of pantomime to the London Palladium for the seventh year with a production of Jack and the Beanstalk to run at the venue from the 10th December until the 15th January. It has also been announced that Dawn French and Julian Clary will be leading the cast for the production, which will also see the return of Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers and Gary Wilmot to the cast. Further casting is yet to be announced.
Director Michael Harrison said: “I’m thrilled to be welcoming Dawn French back to our panto, and can’t wait to be working with Julian, Paul, Nigel and Gary on what promises to be our biggest show yet! Jack and The Beanstalk marks the return of a full-scale spectacle to our Palladium Christmas season, and we’ve been working on new designs for the show over the past two years. We’ll be announcing more cast later in the year, and can’t wait to be back with all the glitz and glamour we know our audiences love.”
Actor, writer and comedian Dawn French made her Pantomime debut as Queen Dragonella in the 2018 production Snow White at The London Palladium,returns this year as Mrs Trot. Dawn is an original member of The Comic Strip and one half of the comedy duo French and Saunders. Dawn’s career spans stage, TV, film and publishing and includes the multi award-winning BBC comedy The Vicar of Dibley, Murder Most Horrid, Coraline and Death On The Nile. Earlier this year, she announced her return to the stage with her show Dawn French Is A Huge Twat.
Julian Clary, Nigel Havers and Paul Zerdin have starred in pantomimes at The London Palladium since the 2016 production of Cinderella. Gary Wilmot joined the cast in 2017 and together they have performed in Dick Whittington, Snow White at The London Palladium, Goldilocks and the Three Bears as well as Pantoland at The Palladium twice.
The creative team behind the production includes: choreography by Karen Bruce, with lighting designs by Ben Cracknell, sound designs by Gareth Owen and composition and orchestrations by Gary Hind.
Jack and the Beanstalk will play at the London Palladium from the 10th December until the 15th January 2023.