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Jack and the Beanstalk

“Dazzling and thoroughly engaging”

Morgan Brind is seemingly inexhaustible, writing, directing and designing for Little Wolf Entertainment’s outstanding Loughborough panto while also playing Dame Trott for the company here at Derby Arena. He’s educating a comparatively new audience in the ways of panto, and making a dazzling success of it.

This is a vast space, quite unforgiving when theatre was first introduced here. Little Wolf has managed to fill it and warm it, with big performances all round, good projection and happy engagement with a largely family audience. Flying sequences are magic on this enormous stage. There’s a very impressive giant and a winsome pantomime cow. The beanstalk rises magnificently out of a toilet.

It’s a cracking good script, too, delivered with impishness by a strong and dedicated cast. Brind has command of the stage (and the slapstick) in outrageous outfits that range from Rocket Man to a greenhouse and a Swiss Army knife. Duncan James uses his fine singing voice as a very personable Jack, Lawrence Boothman is the evil Cess Pit (“My uncle is Bottomless”) and Richard Brindley an energetic Simple Simon. Lovely performances too from Lizzie Wofford as Fairy Story, Bethan Nash as Princess Jill and Peter Kenworthy as King Dominic.

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Production Details
Production nameJack and the Beanstalk
VenueDerby Arena
StartsDecember 8
EndsJanuary 5, 2019
Running time2hrs 40mins
AuthorMorgan Brind
DirectorTim Ford
Musical directorPeter John Dodsworth
ChoreographerRae Piper
Fight directorIan Stapleton
Set designerMorgan Brind
Lighting designerMark Dymock
Sound designerJames Cook
Casting directorBethan Nash, Duncan James, Lawrence Boothman, Lizzie Wofford, Morgan Brind, Peter Kenworthy, Richard Brindley
Production managerBen Pavey
Company stage managerAnna-Lisa Maree
Stage managerEliza Waters
ProducerLittle Wolf Ltd
VerdictA dazzling and thoroughly engaging family show, a big performances for a big arena
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