The production will run at the theatre from the 18th November until the 6th January.

Theatre Royal Stratford East has confirmed the cast and creative team for this year’s pantomime of Jack & the Beanstalk, featuring a book and lyrics by Succession/Killing Eve writer Anna Jordan  and music and lyrics by Stratford East pantomime veteran Robert Hyman.

Directed by Stratford East’s Sky Arts Associate Artist for 2023 Denzel Westley-Sanderson, the cast includes Lucy Frederick as Flesh Creep, Max Gill  as Bill, Savanna Jeffrey  as Winnie the Moo, Eli London  as Ensemble, Billy Lynch as Junior, Nikhil Singh Rai  as Jack and Jamie Tait  as Ensemble. Further casting has yet to be announced.

Welcome to Splatford! Jack lives here with his cow, Winnie The Moo, and his mum, Milky Linda. The town is home to a magical marsh full of healing mud, which Jack and his pals spend their days mining. But there’s a BIG problem: Giant Belch. He dominates Splatford from the sky – stealing the mud, charging outrageous rents and polluting the air with his burps and farts!

One odd shepherd, a handful of beans and an unexpected beanstalk later, Jack is on a life-changing journey. Can he reach the top? Can he defeat Flesh Creep – Belch’s hateful henchwoman who has seriously got it in for him? Can he triumph over Belch and be crowned Splatford’s unlikely hero? And can he make Milky Linda proud?

The creative team behind the production includes: Set and Costume Designer Lily Arnold, Lighting Designer Simisola Majekodunmi, Sound Designer Beth Duke, Musical Director Lee Freeman, Chorographer André Fabien Francis, Assistant Director Ashen Gupta, Casting Director Richard Johnston for Pippa Ailion Casting, Illusion Consultant Sam Lupton  and Costume Supervisor Isobel Pellow.

Director Denzel Westley-Sanderson said: “I’m thrilled to be directing this year’s pantomime at Stratford East. Panto is a cherished British tradition and serves as many people’s first live theatre experience, including mine! I’m very much looking forward to working with this incredible cast and creative team as we deliver a fresh and bold retelling of this iconic story. Everyone is invited to join in on the excitement!”  

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