Jack and the Beanstalk is this year’s Welwyn Garden City pantomime

PUBLISHED: 22:08 09 November 2012 | UPDATED: 22:03 17 November 2012

Phoebe Thomas stars at Princess Jill and Alex Sheldon plays Jack in is this year's pantomime at Campus West in Welwyn Garden City

Phoebe Thomas stars at Princess Jill and Alex Sheldon plays Jack in is this year's pantomime at Campus West in Welwyn Garden City


IT’S almost pantomime time again. Oh no it isn’t... Oh yes it is! And this year’s production at Campus West is a giant of a panto. For Michael Courtney proudly brings Jack and the Beanstalk to the Hawthorne Theatre in Welwyn Garden City.

A FORMER Grange Hill pupil and an ex-nurse from Holby City head the cast of this year’s WGC family pantomime.

Jack and the Beanstalk will take the stage at the Hawthorne Theatre from Wednesday, December 12 to Monday, January 1, 2013.

And the giant of a production stars Phoebe Thomas as Princess Jill and Alex Sheldon as Jack.

Flame-haired Phoebe is best known for her role as Nurse Maria Kendal from BBC’s Holby City.

Her film credits include the title role in British distributed film Lady Godiva, Sally Bury in the American award-winning Permanent Vacation, St Dorothy in Danny Boyle’s Millions and Becky in Tube Tales: Circle Line.

Her other TV credits include Cheryl in Teachers and Holly Curran in Night and Day on ITV. She has also had parts in Family Affairs, Doctors, The Bill and Inspector Lynley.

Playing the lead role of Jack in WGC will be Alex Sheldon, who is best known for playing Ed Booth in BBC’s school series Grange Hill, a part he played for four years.

His other television and film credits include Matty in Coronation Street, Nick in Little Crackers: Satan’s Hoof and Harry in the feature film Behind Closed Doors.

Other cast members include Keith Myers returning as the delightful Dame Trott and local lass Helen Crosse as the ever-so-funny Fairy Beansprout.

The panto also stars Michael Totton as the evil Fleshcreep, John Robert Patridge as the cheeky Simple Simon and Daniel Hanna as the Lord Chamberlain.

The panto is one of the world’s favourite fairytales. Jack and his mum, Dame Trott, have to sell their cow but she is none too pleased when Jack comes home with just a bag of beans.

But the beans are magic and sprout a huge beanstalk – and that’s when the adventures really begin! All will be revealed in this classic tale of good versus evil.

Promising a spellbinding pantomime full of music, magic and mayhem, Jack and the Beanstalk is the perfect Christmas treat for all the family.

It’ll be the stalk of the town and one of the most magical pantos there’s ever bean at the Hawthorne Theatre!

Tickets for standard shows are £15 adults and £13.50 concessions. A family ticket for two adults and two children costs £46.

Premium shows are £16 for adults and £14.50 concessions. A family ticket is £49.

Call the box office on 01707 357117 for more details or book online at www.hawthornetheatre.co.uk and pick your own seats.

* Fancy seeing this year’s WGC pantomime? Well take advantage of the Welwyn Hatfield Times’ special 20 per cent off reader offer.

Collect the voucher printed in this week’s WHT and the one in next week’s Wednesday, November 14 edition. The coupons combined entitle the bearer to 20 per cent off up to four single tickets or one family ticket.

Tickets must be bought by the end of Wednesday, November 21. The offer is not valid for school tickets or available online or by phone.

So don’t forget to buy this week’s paper, out now, and next Wednesday’s WHT and take both vouchers to the Campus West box office.

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