The Lyric Hammersmith announces the full casting for its Christmas panto, Jack and the Beanstalk, co-directed by Artistic Director, Sean Holmes and Jude Christian, an Artistic Associate of the Lyric. Daniel Fraser will play Jill and Kraig Thornber will play Dame Lotte Trottalot. They join the previously announced Kayla Meikle who plays Daisy the Cow, Faith Omole who plays Jack, Cherrelle Skeete who plays Fairy Cucumber and Vikki Stone who plays Fleshcreep. The ensemble is built up of six young performers, as part of the Lyric Hammersmith’s commitment to nurturing young talent.
With plenty of magic beans, a loveable cow, an enormous beanstalk, a gigantic giant and a massive adventure, this year’s panto looks set to be the biggest ever. Join Jack on his quest for a fortune as Jack and the Beanstalk gets the full Lyric treatment with wonderful characters, live music, dancing, singing and loads of laughs.
Hot off the press Jamie Parker (Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, Guys and Dolls, High Society, The History Boys), and other celebrity guests will join Joe and his band for London’s best Christmas Party on Monday 11th December and Katherine Kingsley (Olivier nominated for Singin’ in the Rain), Anna-Jane Casey (Billy Elliott, Annie Get Your Gun, Chicago, Spamalot), Peter Horsfall (Kansas Smitty’s) will join Joe on Monday 18th December for Joe’s take on Irving Berlin’s classic, White Christmas.
Joe Stilgoe has twice topped the UK jazz chart, been featured on countless radio programmes for Radio 2, 3 & 4, presented on BBC4, Radio 2 and JazzFM, has written award-winning songs, starred in The Old Vic’s 2015 production of High Society, and he has an established international concert career, collaborating with John Wilson, Curtis Stigers, Claire Martin, the RLPO and BBC Concert Orchestra among many others. He has had sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and is a regular favourite at the world-famous home of jazz, Ronnie Scotts.
JACK & THE BEANSTALK CAST
Daniel Fraser plays Jill
Theatre credits include: Deny, Deny, Deny (Park Theatre); Flare Path (UK Tour); Wolf Hall, Bring Up The Bodies (RSC/Aldwych); Chariots of Fire (also Gielgud) and Noctropia (Hampstead); Oh, To Be in England (Finborough) and Orpheus: The Mythical (Royal Opera House) Film and TV credits include: Doctors, Holby City, Ready When You Are Mr McGill, Frequencies, Scar Tissue, AFG, The Manual and Lab Rats.
Kayla Meikle plays Daisy the Cow
Theatre credits include: Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet (National Theatre); PRIMETIME (Royal Court); Merlin (Nuffield); The Taming of the Shrew (Arts Theatre); All That Lives (Ovalhouse) and Streets (Interval
Productions) Film and TV credits include: Will.
Faith Omole plays Jack
Theatre credits include: Twelfth Night (Royal Exchange); The Rolling Stone (Orange Tree/National Theatre/West Yorkshire Playhouse); Custody (Talawa); A Slave Story (Traverse/ UK Tour) and Walk in the Light (National Theatre). Film and TV credits include: Dumpee and He Loves Me.
Cherrelle Skeete plays Fairy Cucumber
For the Lyric: The Seagull. Other theatre credits include: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Palace); Three Days in the Country and Amen Corner (National Theatre); Wind in the Willows (Royal and Derngate, Northampton); And I and Silence (Finborough) and The Lion King (Lyceum). Film and TV credits include: Silent Witness, Danny and the Human Zoo, The Five, Ordinary Lies and Call the Midwife.
Vikki Stone plays Fleshcreep
Vikki Stone is an award-winning comedian, actress, musician and composer, best known as host of the official BBC Proms Podcast. She is also an Associate of The Royal College of Music and Fellow of Wells Cathedral School. Television credits include: Partners in Rhyme, The John Bishop Show, Uncle, Ten Pieces, The Funny Thing
About…,Titch & Ted, Safeword. Radio credits include: The Proms Podcast, BBC Radio 6 Music Weekend Breakfast
The Now Show, In Tune, Essential Classics, Live At The Fringe, The Last Word, Virgin Radio’s Sunday Takeover.
Composition credits include: The Thing That Matters (Imagination, The Royal Albert Hall), Concerto for Comedian & Orchestra (Glastonbury/Latitude/Edinburgh Festival).
Kraig Thornber plays Dame Lotte Trottalot
Kraig was born in Leicester and trained at the East 15 Acting School. Theatre credits include: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal Drury Lane); Guys and Dolls, Oh! What a Lovely War, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (National Theatre); Return to the Forbidden Planet (Cambridge Theatre); The Rocky Horror Show (Duke of York’s); Brassed Off (UK Tour); The Government Inspector (Northern Broadsides); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch); The Mikado, A Christmas Carol (Stephen Joseph Theatre); Little Shop of Horrors, Mary Poppins (UK Tour); Twelfth Night (Stafford Festival); The Front Page (Chichester Festival Theatre); Oliver! (New Vic Theatre); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way To the Forum, A Family Affair, A Mad World My Masters (New Wolsey Theatre); The Millennium Mysteries, Heart of Darkness (Teatr Biuro Podrozy, Poland); Cabaret, Façade (Pocket Opera Venice); The Threepenny Opera, Happy End, Sugar, Somewhere in England (Clwyd Theatr Cymru); Loot (Watford Palace Theatre) and The Gambler (Liverpool Everyman). Kraig has also appeared in many pantomimes around the country, playing a wonderful selection of
Baddies, Ugly Sisters and Dames.
Film and TV credits include: A Thing Called Love, Dog Boy, True Crimes, The Bill, Muppets Most Wanted, Alice – Through the Looking Glass, Inception, Gulliver’s Travels, The Last Minute and The Rocky Horror Tribute Show (recorded live at the Royal Court Theatre).
Cast: Daniel Fraser (Jill), Kayla Meikle (Daisy the Cow), Faith Omole (Jack), Cherelle Skeete (Fairy Cucumber), Vikki Stone (Fleshcreep) and Kraig Thornber (Dame Lotte Trottalot). Young Ensemble: Montel Bowen, Olivia Rose David, Lucy Havard, Jack Pallister, Tienne Simon and Amelia Stevenson.
Written by Joel Horwood
Co-directed by Jude Christian and Sean Holmes
Design by Jean Chan
Lighting by Tim Deiling
Composed & Arranged by Corin Buckeridge
Sound by Nick Manning
Choreography by Lainie Baird
Musical Direction James Taylor
Casting Will Burton CDG
SPECIAL GUESTS ANNOUNCED
Joe Stilgoe’s Christmas at the Lyric
Presented by Lyric Hammersmith and EBP
Joe Stilgoe & His Mighty Big Band – Monday 04 December 2017
Joe Stilgoe’s Christmas Party – Monday 11 December 2017
Joe Stilgoe’s White Christmas – Monday 18 December 2017
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