This festive season sees the return of traditional family pantomime to The Mayflower when Jack and the Beanstalk is brought magically to life by a superb cast from Sat 22 Dec 2012 – Sat 19 Jan 2013, it was announced today.
One of the country’s most recognisable entertainers, Julian Clary, will lead the cast in the role of Spirit of the Beans. He will be joined by one of British theatre’s biggest stars, the smooth-talking TV heart-throb, Nigel Havers as Fleshcreep. Lee Mead West End star makes his pantomime debut in the title role of Jack. Making a special guest star appearance is the comedian and ventriloquist Paul Zerdin, as Simple Simon, and his cheeky companion Sam.
During his career Julian Clary has turned his hand to comedy, acting, presenting, writing and he even performed as a novice dancer on Strictly Come Dancing, where he reached the final. As well as his autobiography, Julian has written two novels. Julian has appeared in numerous record-breaking family pantomimes all over the UK.
Nigel Havers is renowned for playing charming, smooth-talking characters throughout his distinguished career. He has appeared in countless television programmes including Lunch Monkeys, Little Britain, Brothers and Sisters, Sarah Jane Adventures, Dangerfield and The Charmer to name but a few. His numerous film roles include Empire of the Sun, A Passage to India and Chariots of Fire. Nigel can currently be seen reprising his role as Lewis Archer in Coronation Street.
Lee Mead came to prominence winning the BBC show, Any Dream Will Do, and took the lead in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Lee has most recently been playing Fiyero in the London production of Wicked! and Emmett Forrest in Legally Blonde the Musical. Lee’s new album Lee Mead Love Songs was released in February and he has just finished The Love Tour with Louise Dearman.
With more than three million hits on YouTube and guest appearances on ITV1’s Comedy Rocks and three Royal Variety Performances, Paul Zerdin has helped reinvigorate the art of ventriloquism with his humorous and edgy style. His many television appearances include ITV's Tonight at the London Palladium, Shirley Bassey's 60th Birthday Special for LWT, BBC1’s The Generation Game and Late Night with Jerry Springer.
Jonathan Kiley, Executive Producer for Jack and the Beanstalk said, “We are delighted to have such a superb cast for this year’s pantomime which will also feature fantastic and unmissable 3D special effects. The production has got something for everyone including an abundance of laughs, sensational musical numbers and fabulous sets and costumes. Southampton has never seen a pantomime on this scale before and I am sure the production will delight audiences of all ages.”
Dennis Hall, Mayflower Theatre Chief Executive said, “It is fantastic that we can bring traditional pantomime back to Southampton with the biggest panto producer in the business. We listened to our audiences who wanted a return to family pantomime, and boy are they in for a treat here. “
Jack and the Beanstalk is produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s largest pantomime producer. Featuring a larger-than-life beanstalk and one very mean giant at the top of it! The traditional elements of a family pantomime combine with visual effects, including a fantastic 3D enchanted forest and journey through the Giant’s castle. This is pantomime at its best!
Tickets for Jack and the Beanstalk (Sat 22 Dec 2012 – Sat 19 Jan 2013) are on sale on Friday 20 April from The Mayflower Box Office tel: 02380 711811, online at mayflower.org.uk or in person from the Mayflower ticket south shop in The Mall (Marlands), Southampton. Ovation Restaurant bookings: 02380 711833