Giant laughs are in store at panto

Sunday 9th January 2022 7:00 am
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HASLEMERE Thespians are putting the fe-fi-fo-final touches to their giant production of Jack and the Beanstalk at Haslemere Hall, running from January 14 to 22.

After being forced to cancel their first pantomime in 80 years last year, the Thespians will climb back into their usual January slot, with nine family-friendly performances.

With giant laughs, stunning costumes and lots of audience participation this magical family show will be everything you would expect from Haslemere’s biggest pantomime.

As ever, the show will feature fun, frolics, handsome heroes, a lovely princess and evil villains with superb songs, hilarious comedy and, quite possibly, a heart warming ending.

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It is directed by Sally Waghorn, fresh from directing Just What The Doctor Ordered! and appearing in Nell Gwynn, and stars Gemma Bowles as our favourite thigh-slapping principal boy, Jack.

Naomi Robertson, equally fresh from playing the title role in Nell Gwynn, will be entertaining everyone in Old Windy Bottom as Simple Simon. And one of the best in the business, Tony Creasey, returns as Dame Dotty Dimple.

Practice your best boos and hisses for villainous Piccalilli the witch, played by Linnet Bird, and Rancid the Ratman, played by Adrian Stent.

And waiting at the top of the beanstalk is Giant Buster Gut-Bucket, played by Eric Collins.

Throw in Sugardust the Fairy (Anna Webb), King Crumble (Howard Bicknell), Queen Apricot (Vicky Gavin), a Magic Harp (Ant Roy), and Buttercup the cow (Kim Seymour at the front, Debbie Impiazzi at the rear), and you’ve got the makings for panto perfection.

Performances will be held at 7.30pm on Friday, January 14, 2.30pm and 6.30pm on Saturday, January 15, 11am and 3pm on Sunday, January 16, 7.30pm on Friday, January 21, and 2.30pm and 6.30pm on Saturday, January 22.

Tickets cost £8 per seat, along with a 50p booking fee.

Anyone who would like to buy tickets should call the Haslemere Hall box office on 01428 642161.

Tickets can also be bought online at https://tickets.haslemerehall.co.uk/sales/genres/theatre/jack-and-the-beanstalk-1

Since its formation in 1937, The Haslemere Thespians have presented more than 150 major plays, more than 50 pantomimes and around 60 one-act play evenings.

Visit www.haslemerethespians.co.uk for more information or to get involved.

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