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Harrogate Panto Climbs New Heights
Harrogate Panto's front screen. Photo by Mike Whorley
Following last year’s record-breaking year, the team at Harrogate Theatre is ready to take on the giant and bring another outstanding pantomime to the region.

The story this year goes a little bit like this: It's hot and Dame Trott has had enough. Her daydreaming daughter Jack has her head in the clouds and her son Simon is no better. She sent the pair of them to market to sell Buttercup the Cow and they came home with nothing but a handful of beans. That’s when the magic really begins!

Join Jack on her climb up the beanstalk to an enchanted land of excitement and adventure, where she must rescue her friends from the 'Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum' of a very hungry giant.

Packed with everyone’s favourite pantomime characters, this enchanting and spellbinding tale combines spectacular scenery, jokes galore, magic and sparkle - all of which makes Harrogate Theatre's pantomime a festive family favourite every year.

The superb calibre cast for this year includes the inimitable Howard Chadwick back to play Dame Trott. You might remember Howard from Dick Whittington the year before last? In fact he’s been in the Harrogate pantomime several times before. It’s always a pleasure!

Harriett Hare, Tim Stedman, Howard Chadwick. Photo by Ant Robling
The hugely talented Christina Harris will be playing Princess Jill. Polly Smith (as seen in the Harrogate Theatre Rep Company back in September) will also be back in Harrogate this November to play the double role Fairy of the Forest and Morag the Cook.

George Telfer is playing his very first pantomime in Harrogate. He will be playing the double role King Bumble and the baddie Flesh Creep.

And ... with an appropriately loud drum roll... Tim Stedman WILL be returning to the Harrogate stage for this, his 19th year. This year he will be playing the role of Simon Trott, Jack's very silly little brother.

Finally the fabulous Harriett Hare will be playing the part of Jack, who is a girl in this year’s production.

Photo by Ant Robling
In addition, as well as being understudies this year, Naail Ishaq will play the giant and Alice Barrott will play Buttercup the cow.

Once again this year's talented dancers come from a range of local dance and secondary schools. The theatre has a proud history of offering this opportunity to young people across the community every year. 

Behind the scenes David Bown & Phil Lowe are the scriptwriters and Lowe is also Director again this year; Nick Lacey returns as Musical Director, Alex Staffiord is on Lighting Design, Sophie Zealand is our Choreographer and Morgan Brind makes his Harrogate debut as Set and Costume Designer.

2018 marks Lowe’s 12th year as Director of panto and 10th year as co-writer with Bown.

Jack and the Beanstalk opens on Wednesday 28th November 2018 and runs until 20th January 2019.
There is already very limited availability for all December performances.
You can book online at www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk or at Box Office on 01423 502116.

Harrogate Panto Climbs New Heights, 3rd December 2018, 11:44 AM