With 24 weeks to go, details of this year’s Christmas panto in Buxton are being kept tightly under wraps. Oh no, they’re not!
This Christmas, panto fans will be treated to a story of magic beans and a hungry giant, starring Steve Nallon, of Spitting Image, in his pantomime debut.
The Advertiser can reveal Jack and the Beanstalk opens at Buxton Opera House on December 11 and tickets are now on sale.
Steve, famed for his impersonation of Margaret Thatcher, will play Dame Trott, Jack’s poor mum, who having run out of luck and money, is forced to send her son to sell the family cow, Daisy, at the market.
A rip-roaring adventure ensues, packed with hilarious comedy routines, fabulous dance numbers and some eye-popping effects.
As well as co-founding the satirical ‘80s puppet show, the impressionist also co-wrote and starred in BBC Radio 4 play The Ghost at Number Ten in 1999 and the theatrical adaptation Steve Nallon’s Christmas Carol in 2003.
Steve said: “I’ve always wanted to do panto, but never had the time. I’ve always been doing other stuff at Christmas, like the Christmas Carol.”
More recently, he played Ada in Cissie and Ada: A Hysterical Rectomy, a stage show based upon the characters portrayed by Les Dawson and Roy Barraclough.
Joseph Elliott, of CBeebies’ Swashbuckle, a pirate gameshow for kids, will be joining Steve, as Jack’s simple younger brother, Silly Simon.
He told the Advertiser what to expect: “There’s lots of slapstick. I’m the slower of the two brothers, but the kids prefer me. Jack’s the heroic one.
“It’s silly and about pulling funny faces; it’s what I do best,” Joseph laughed.
No stranger to panto, he explained why he loved the genre: “It’s the reaction of the kids that make it. Often it’s the first time they’ve been to a show and they don’t know what to believe. I’m looking forward to performing at the opera house, it’s very grand and Buxton’s beautiful.”
Jack and the Beanstalk runs from December 11 until January 3.
For tickets, book online at buxtonoperahouse.org.uk or call the box office on 0845 127 2190.