25 November - 31 December 2011
Jack And The Beanstalk
by Andrew Pollard
Fee Fi Fo Fum...
Join Jack, Dame Trott and Buttercup the cow on the most giant adventure of all in this brand-new show, packed with laughter, popular tunes and a never-ending beanstalk.
Our most magical event of the year is lovingly created for you in Watford bythe team behind Aladdin and Cinderella. The Palace’s Pantomime brings the festive season to life with stunning sets and costumes, first-rate musicians and actors, witty storytelling and all the lavish spectacle you have come to expect from us.
If you’re looking for a hilarious family show in a traditional setting, full of all the fun ingredients that the best pantos have, and packed to the brim with audience participation, head to the Palace. The ultimate Christmas treat – there’s nothing better to put you in an exuberant festive spirit!
Green Performances: £17.50 (conc £15), £15.50 (conc £12.50), £12 (conc £12)
Box (4 seats): £50
School groups: £9.50 (1 teacher free for every 10 students)
Groups 10+: £14.50, £11.50
Groups of 6–9: all tickets at concessionary price
Blue Performances: £20 (conc £17.50), £18 (conc £15), £14 (conc £14)
Groups 10+: £16, £14
Groups of 6–9: all tickets at concessionary price
Red Performances: £20 (conc £18), £18.50 (conc £16.50), £15.50 (conc £15.50)
Bringing a group of 10+: Ask our sales team about pre-ordering ice creams and programmes
CHRISTMAS BOX: Boxes seat up to 4 people. Served in your Box: confectionery, one ice cream each, merchandise and two programmes. £120 per box (Blue and Red performances only).
If you can't view the colour-coded schedule above, download a PDF of the schedule.
Andrew is a writer and performer. He has written three stage adaptations of classic children’s novels for Northern Broadsides Theatre Company - The Water Babies, Heidi (nominated for “Best Children’s Play” in the T.M.A. Awards 2009 and the Adrienne Benham Award for Children’s Theatre Writing 2010) and Treasure Island, which have all had Christmas residencies at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre and The Stables Theatre, Milton Keynes.Other family shows commissioned by The Stephen Joseph are - The Hunt for The Scroobious Pip (based on the nonsense writings of Edward Lear) and The Nutcracker Prince - which will be staged there this Christmas. He has also written four shows for smaller children for the Green Room Theatre in Manchester.
British Pantomime is one of his great passions and he has appeared in Panto every year for 15 years. He has written and appeared as Dame in six Pantomimes for Greenwich Theatre, London (this year will be his seventh) as well as writing the annual Panto for Richmond Theatre Royal - Britain’s oldest surviving Georgian Theatre.Andrew is also a long time member of the Bath based Natural Theatre Company and has written and performed in three shows for them - The Mad Hatter’s Christmas Party, A Night at the Bijou and The Silent Comedian.
Andrew was one of the winners of the Paines Plough/Bristol Old Vic writing competition with his comedy, Cross Purposes. This was subsequently staged at the Bristol Old Vic and then toured nationally. He also won HTV’s ‘Search for a sitcom” competition and his sitcom, ‘Spinnin’ it’ set in a Launderette was subsequently filmed and broadcast.
He was commissioned to write a play about Stan Laurel for Cornwall’s Zenith Theatre Company. The result, Laughing Gravy had a very successful tour of the South West and is to be revived next year.
This year, Kate has directed Persuasion (Salisbury Playhouse), The Marriage of Figaro (Watermill) and The Years Between (Theatre Royal Northampton). Kate has also been shooting an animation game at Universal Studios, which she’ll finish in 2012.
Previously for Watford Palace Theatre, Kate has directed Arturo Ui, Aladdin and Cinderella.
Other Directing credits include: Bubbles (Watermill); Romeo and Juliet (Ludlow Festival/Northcott); The Unexpected Guest (Fulton Opera House USA); Far From The Madding Crowd (English Touring Theatre); Chains of Dew (Orange Tree); Nine Parts of Desire (The Public, New York & The Wilma, Philadelphia – winner of 3 Barrymore awards in USA); World Premiere of The French Lieutenant’s Woman (The Fulton Opera House, USA & British Premiere, national tour); Eva and Eve, Sniff, Where Light Through Yonder Window (Soho Theatre); Hysteria, Humble Boy (Northcott Exeter); Clearing the Colours, Caution Trousers (Stephen Joseph Theatre); Still/Life (Theatre Royal, Plymouth); La Bohème (Opera North); Adrenalin Heart (Arcola); Trust Byron (The Gate); Scratching The Façade (Birmingham Symphony Hall/Rep); Grimm Tales, The Little Prince (ATY, Alaska). Kate’s adaptation of The Little Prince has also been performed at Bath Theatre Royal.
Kate is Associate Director of Shared Experience Theatre and also a Performance Director for animation games at Side UK: most recently directing Fable III, two Bond titles, Bloodstone and Goldeneye and The Witcher II.
Kate has developed new work and directed rehearsed readings for The Royal Court, The Bush, Arcola, Hampstead Theatre and The Public, New York.
Future projects include: The Real Thing (English Touring Theatre & West Yorkshire Playhouse).
Cleo returns to Watford Palace following the tremendous success of her Aladdin design last year.
Training: BA (hons) Theatre Design and MA Scenography, UCE Birmingham; Linbury Prize for Stage Design finalist, 1997.
Recent work includes: Missing Persons, Trafalgar Studios; Art, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds; Ladies’ Cage, Royal Exchange Studio; Cinderella, Watford Palace; Around the World in 80 Days, Liverpool Playhouse; Company, The Wizard of Oz and Toad of Toad Hall, Palace Theatre, Westcliff; Swollen Tongues, national tour; Trust Byron, Gate Theatre and tour; Joyisms, Looking Glass Theatre, off-Broadway; Hedda Gabler, RSC Fringe.
Opera: The Marriage of Figaro, Lyric Hammersmith; Così fan tutte and Tosca, Christ’s Hospital, Horsham; Simon Boccanegra and The Merry Widow, Bloomsbury Theatre. Cleo designs shows regularly in Bermuda and Dubai, including: Oliver!, The Full Monty, Dreamgirls, High School Musical (1 and 2), Fame! the Musical, Blood Brothers, The Woman in Black, Into the Woods and Annie. Also, many productions as resident designer in Anchorage, Alaska, and two seasons for Montgomery Theatre, Prince Edward Island, Canada. www.worldstage.co.uk
Ian’s previous lighting designs at the Palace include Three Steps to Heaven, Wait Until Dark, and Cor Blimey as well as the site specific shows News From the Seventh Floor at Clements Department store and The Ring Road Tales at Destiny Nightclub.
Other credits include: The Importance Of Being Earnest, (Manchester Library Theatre and UK Tour), Talent (Mercury Colchester), Timon of Athens (Cardboard Citizens / RSC), Woyzeck (Cardboard Citizens), It's Now Or Never (Chester Gateway), Inglorious Technicolour (Scarborough), The Shy Gas Man (Southwark Playhouse), KRUNCH (Talawa UK Tour), The Smallest Person (Trestle Theatre Co UK tour), Rapunzel, Beauty & the Beast, (Creation Theatre Co, Oxford), Charity Wars (Pleasance, London) & The Wizard of Oz (New Theatre, Oxford).
Ian is a Professional Designer Member of the Association of Lighting Designers.
Paul has worked extensively in the UK as a Musical Director, Composer, Arranger, Singing Teacher and Vocal Coach and is the Associate Musical Director for Perfect Pitch.
As a composer, Paul has written the music for several musicals including Ripper (recently performed at the New Players Theatre, London); The Perfect Wife Roadshow (UK tour and developed with Perfect Pitch) and Cinderella & Aladdin (Salisbury Playhouse). He composed the music for Health & Stacey and Hot Pursuit (Edinburgh Festival, performed by comedy duo Plested & Brown) and for Lovepik (a short film directed by Charles Harris). Paul is currently composing the incidental score for Noel Coward’s Design For Living (Salisbury Playhouse 2012).
He has provided the orchestrations for a number of musicals including Radio Times and Daisy Pulls It Off (actor/musician productions, The Watermill Theatre); Through The Looking Glass (by Piers Chater Robinson); Jet Set Go (by Pippa Cleary and Jake Brunger, orchestrations published by Josef Weinbergers) and Through The Door (by Laurence Mark Wythe and Judy Freed)
As musical director his credits include: Daisy Pulls It Off (Watermill, Newbury); The Last Five Years (Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Dubai/Bahrain & UK Tour); Legends, Icons and Idols (Orchard Theatre); Songs for a New World (Edinburgh). Earlier this year Paul returned to the Watermill Theatre to musically supervise and appear in Radio Times.
Paul was the MD and orchestrator for The Great British Musical – a fundraising concert in aid of Perfect Pitch which took place at the Criterion Theatre in April 2011. The concert was hosted by Stephen Fry and featured an 11 piece band and a number of West End stars including Alfie Boe.
Also for Perfect Pitch Paul has been responsible for numerous readings and workshops including Super Alice Smith, Teenwolf/Lost Boys, A Penguin’s Tale, Girlfriends and Through The Door for which he also orchestrated and musically directed the gala concert performance at Trafalgar Studios 1 in 2009. He was also musical supervisor and arranger for the Perfect Pitch Songbook and musically directed and orchestrated Perfect Pitch – In Concert 2009 (Edinburgh).
Paul was Head of Music at Bird College for five years and during that time was musical director for several shows including; Beguiled Again, Children of Eden, Copacabana, Bat Boy, Matchgirls, Godspell, My Favorite Year, A New Brain, Company, Into the Woods, Anything Goes, Closer Than Ever and Sweet Charity.
Paul is also a very experienced singing teacher and vocal coach, having trained in the Estill Method with Paul Farrington, Gillyanne Kayes and Maureen Scott.
Director/Choreographic work includes Director/Musical Staging DICK WHITTINGTON ( Compass Theatre); BROMLEY BOYS SINGERS ( Choreographer), choir master Travis Baker; UNHEARD (Royal and Derngate) Choreographer; THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO (Watermill) Choreographer; CAMP CASSINO ( Choreographer, working with the Latin American World Champions); MUSICAL MASH-UP SUMMER PROJECT 2010 and 2011 ( Royal and Derngate Northampton) Choreographer; SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS Choreographer ( The Compass Theatre) ; ALADDIN Choreographer( Watford Palace Theatre) ; Director MILLENNIUM IN MOTION ( The Cochrane Theatre); IN THE SPOTLIGHT (UK Tour, Director, Staging, Concept and Design): Choreographer WEST SIDE STORY EXPERIENCE working alongside Mary King at The Royal Festival Hall ; Choreographer BELLA CORA Ladies Choir ,choir master Travis Baker ; Director JACK & THE BEANSTALK ( Old Market Theatre, Hove) ; Choreographer/Director for the WISHART FOUNDATION BALL (The Banqueting Hall) ; Associate Director/Choreographer for GREASE the Musical production Company; STRICTLY COME DANCING ( Asst. Chor BBC1) ; FAST FOOD THE MUSICAL ( Wycombe Swan Theatre) Choreographer; two productions of A SLICE OF SATURDAY NIGHT ( Novello Theatre, Director; Jack Lyons Theatre, choreographer and asst. director); COMPANY (Judi Dench Theatre, choreographer); NINE (Judi Dench Theatre, choreographer); BE MY BABY (Old Red Lion Theatre),Choreographer) ; Director and musical staging for the production of I LOVE YOU, YOUR'E PERFECT, NOW CHANGE ( Kings Head Theatre, Edinburgh Festival, Andrews Lane Theatre Dublin) ; ARTISTIC DIR/CO-ORDINATOR MPA Showcases 09,10, 2011.
As a performer credits include:FOSSE, GREASE, PICKWICK, PETER PAN, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, FUNNY MONEY, CARNIVAL, member of WAYNE SLEEP company, THE JIVING LINDY HOPPERS, HEAD OVER HEELS, CIRCUS PAFLOF, LIPSTICK ON YOUR COLLAR, POIROT, PARADISE CLUB, ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCES, SISYPHUS, THE FINLAND TESTAMENT, RECORDINGS, URBAN SUNBATHER and various featured TV commercials and corporate events.
Davis was Head of Electrics at Watford palace Theatre from 2004 to 2005, during which time he was Sound Designer on Alfie, Queen’s English, The King and I, Fiddler on the Roof, Kiss Me, Kate and Jesus Christ Superstar. Other credits include: five consecutive pantomimes at the Radlett Centre; In My Name (Trafalgar Studios); Oliver! (Richmond Theatre); Me and My Girl (Watford Palace Theatre); Overspill and Can You Live Without It? (Cochrane Theatre); Godspell (Twickenham RFU); The Young Set (Queen Charlotte Hall); Aladdin, Jack and the Beanstalk, Dick Whittington, Cinderella and Hello, Mr Capello (Watford Palace Theatre); Our House (Cassio OS); as well as designing sound events for Trafalgar Square, the O2 Arena, Derby Festival, Milton Keynes IF and various outdoor events in London.
David has also worked as a live sound engineer for various credits including: the BBC, Blitz, Greenwich + Docklands Festivals, the British Library, Canegreen, City of London Festival and Clare Teal.
He also runs his own sound and video hire company, BlueBoxx Creative Ltd.
Dominic Haslam has been working as a composer, arranger and musical director since graduating from Bretton Hall College in 1998.
Recent projects include: The Prince of Homburg and Life Is a Dream (Donmar Warehouse); Romeo and Juliet (Exeter Northcott Theatre); Serious Money (Birmingham Rep); The White Devil (Menier Chocolate Factory); The Elephant Man (Sheffield Lyceum and UK tour); The Herbal Bed (Salisbury Playhouse); Henry V (Royal Exchange); Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Peter Pan (Churchill Theatre, First Family Entertainment); Danny Robins’ Music Therapy (BBC Radio 4); We Are History (BBC2, series 1 and 2); The Museum of Everything (BBC Radio 4, series 1, 2 and 3).
Short film credits include: The Rules of the Game, The Spider, The Meeting and The Killing (dir Tom Daley); Do Something for Nothing (BBC); and Three Men on a Roof (RSC).
Richard trained at the Young Vic and the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. He is the recipient of the 2010 Sir Paul McCartney Human Spirit Award.
Directing credits include: The Boy Who Lived Down the Lane (Riverside Studios), Unclothed (The King’s Head Theatre), Please be Patient While You Love Me and Women (New Britannia Theatre), The Secrets Inside (Edinburgh Fringe) and The Pilliowman during training.
Assistant Directing credits include: Four Nights in Knaresborough (Southwark Playhouse), The Marriage of Figaro (Watermill Theatre), Lakeboat and Prairie du Chien (Arcola Theatre), The Machine Gunners (Polka Theatre), Double Falsehood (The Union Theatre and New Players Theatre – TimeOut Critics Choice), The Captive (Finborough Theatre) and The Great British Country Fete (National Tour and The Bush Theatre).
Richard has assisted workshops at the Young Vic and NT Studio. His next project is Assistant Director on an education project at the National Theatre.
Theatre credits include: The Solid Gold Cadillac (Garrick); Dangerous Corner (West Yorkshire Playhouse/West End); Round the Horne… Revisited, Dracula (National tours); Singin’ in the Rain (West Yorkshire Playhouse, NT/National tour); Aspects of Love, All The Fun of the Fair and The Witches of Eastwick (National Tours); Kes (Liverpool and National Tour); Great Expectations (ETT/Watford and National tor),Sweeney Todd (Royal Festival Hall), The Lady In the Van (National tour).
Kay was resident at the West Yorkshire Playhouse for 17 years where she cast many shows including Hamlet, The McKellen Ensemble Season, the Patrick Stewart Priestley Season and many others, and also casts regularly for Salisbury Playhouse, Northampton Theatres (including Young America at the NT),Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Hull Truck and the Manchester Library Theatre. She was the casting director for the first CHESTER PERFORMS season.
She has just completed casting on Walk Like a Panther, a pilot TV for Finite Films.
Kay is a member of the Casting Director’s Guild of Great Britain (CDG).
Josh Capper - Jack
Theatre includes: Bobby in Dreamboats and Petticoats (Bill Kenwright Ltd), Ensemble in High School Musical (Stage Entertainment), Ensemble in Fiddler on the Roof (UK Productions), PC Ping in Aladdin (Oxford Playhouse), understudy Pepper in Mamma Mia (International Tour), and Genie in Aladdin (Pantoni).
Nadine Higgin - Jill
Nadine trained at Arts Educational where she studied for a three-year BA course in Musical Theatre.
Theatre includes: Little Shop Of Horrors (Kilworth House); Legally Blonde (The Savoy Theatre, West End); Peter Pan (Wimbledon Theatre); Hairspray (Shaftesbury Theatre West End) and Taylor in the London run of High School Musical.
Whilst at college Nadine played Asaka in Once on this Island, Saraghina in Nine, Betty Lorraine in Me and Juliet and Peep-Bo in The Mikado.
Nadine is thrilled to be a part of Jack and the Beanstalk and would like to thank all her friends and family for their love, support and encouragement throughout the years. She dedicates her performance to her beautiful mother who she knows is watching from heaven above.
Terence Frisch - Dame
After last year's Mother Goose Terry is delighted to be back at the Palace as Nurse Nellie.
Previous pantomimes include: Jack & the Beanstalk, Aladdin, Cinderella, Dick Whittington, Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Recent theatre credits include: Fawlty Towers, The Dining Experience (ITI); Noggin the Nog (ThirdParty); This Place Means (High Hearted); The Hit (Two Shoes and Cake); The Manual Oracle (Von Held); Nocturnal (RADA); One Snowy Night (Slot Machine); Jerusalem (Royal Court); The Lord of the Rings (Drury Lane); Romeo and Juliet (Globe); Oedipus (Actors of Dionysus); Educating Rita (Tour de Force); The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek (Royal Exchange); Richard III and The Changeling (both Third Party); Outside Edge (Mill at Sonning) and Wait Until Dark (Southwold).
Recent television credits include: Call the Midwife, Holby City and East Enders (all BBC); Harry Hill's TV Burp (Avalon) and Small Island (Ruby Films/BBC). Film credits include: Hugo (Scorsese).
Martin Callaghan - Frank Furter
Martin was born and bred in Manchester and trained at The Abraham Moss Centre.
Martin’s work includes: the UK Tours of The Sound of Music, Chess, My Fair Lady,
Aspects of Love, Cucurucu in The Marat/Sade,(AMC Theatre) Issachar/Baker in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,(UK tour) Uncle Pumblechook in Great Expectations,(UK Tour) Turkey in the National Theatre’s tour of HONK!, Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd, (Derby Playhouse) Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls at the Sheffield Crucible and Uncle Henry/The Emerald City Guard in The Wizard of Oz, at Birmingham Rep Theatre and The West Yorkshire Playhouse Leeds.
Martin has also played The Typesetter in Personals, written by the creators of the hit
comedy Friends, at the Apollo Theatre London; Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar on the UK tour and in the hit 1996 revival at the Lyceum Theatre London. Amos Hart on the UK and International tours of Chicago, Tevye in the 2008 UK tour of Fiddler on the Roof and most recently he played Smee in George Stiles and Anthony Drewe’s Peter Pan, at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.
Television, Film and Recording credits include: Prime Suspect, Concrete Chariots for
Granada, GBH for Channel 4, the Roasted Cygnet in Carmina Burana also for Granada and Asher in the film of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat opposite Donny Osmond.
Martin has performed in concert up and down the country with The British Philharmonic, The City Concert Orchestra and The BBC Concert Orchestra; He can also be heard on the Cast Albums of Jesus Christ Superstar, Personals, Dear Father Christmas, Peter Pan and on the soundtrack album for the film Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Martin Doyle - Bonecrunch/Ensemble
Martin started performing at the age of 14 with the Birmingham Youth Show at the Rep Theatre.
As well as extensive work in theatre, Martin has regularly performed as part of comedy sketch group Bann-Joe, with whom he has toured in the midlands. He has appeared in various fringe shows from Berkoff to Brecht and a tour of Macbeth to France. Other theatre includes A Midsummer Night's Dream at Theatre Royal Bath, A New World -The Life of Thomas Paine at Shakespeare's Globe, The Jungle Book and
The Little Mermaid for Kazzum, and Scooby in the first national tour of Scooby Doo in Stagefright.
Martin has also appeared in numerous short films, including The Unfortunate Mr Oakley, Roulette, The Particle and the comedy horror Undying Love.
His television work includes Dr Titanias Advice to All Creation for Channel 4 and Discovery Channel and Numberjacks for Cbeebies.
Alan Pearson - Bonecrunch/Ensemble
Training: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts (Peter Coxhead Scholarship)
Theatre includes: In the West End, understudied and played Nicky/Trekkie Monster and Princeton/Rod in Avenue Q (Gielgud, Wyndham’s). Also; Woof in Hair (English Theatre, Frankfurt); Simeon in Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Guernsey); Hamlet (Donmar Warehouse); Pirates Of Penzance (Kilworth House Theatre); And The World Goes Round (Wyndham’s); The Sound Of Music (Patticion Municipal Amphitheatre, Larnaca); My Fair Lady (Kenneth More Theatre); Better Than Nothing (Shaw). Alan also regularly performs as part of a comedy double act and is currently co-writing their upcoming show, A Cockamamie Culture Shock.
Ben Watson - Nightshade
Ben trained at The Central School of Speech and Drama.
Theatre credits include: Elwood in The Blues Brothers Party (Various UK Tours/Japan), The Jungle Book (UK Tour/Birmingham Stage Company), Cinderella (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmonds), Mrs Warrens Profession (UK Tour/Theatre Royal Bath), Who's Harry (Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh/Fringe First winner), Newsrevue (Canal Café London/C-Venues Edinburgh), Pinocchio (Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond), Elegies (Shaw Theatre), The Treason Show (Komedia, Brighton), A Midsummer Night's Dream/Comedy of Errors (Cambridge Shakespeare Festival), Torch Song Trilogy (King’s Head), Beauty and the Beast (Kenton Theatre, Henley), Failed States (Pleasance London) and typO (Tristan Bates).
Film and TV credits include: In The Mix directed by Denis Lawson, Heroes and Villains, Ten Minutes, CBBC With Dan and Jeff .
Recently Ben directed the long-running award-winning comedy sketch show Newsrevue (London/Pleasance Beyond, Edinburgh).
Jack and chorus
Jack and the Beanstalk
Dame Dotty Trott
Dotty, Buttercup and Jack
Frank Furter and Dotty Trott
Nightshade and Dotty Trott
"With stunning sets and a superb script, the Watford Palace has achieved panto perfection. A roller coaster of delights, this is one Jack & The Beanstalk which everyone should roll up for."
"...the production felt like a very warm and welcome early Christmas present. Humour, sparkle and a true-life tale of triumph over adversity, what better message could there be at this time of year?"
★ ★ ★ ★
"Watford Palace prides itself on showcasing an ensemble in family entertainment without all the distractions of soap stars and D-list celebrities, and the venue achieves just that."
What's On Stage
School Workshops: Contact email@example.com or call 01923 810307 to find out more
If you fancy trying your hand at being a Dame yourself, why not come along to the ‘There is Nothing like a Dame’ workshop, here at the Palace on Tuesday 5 Dec at 7pm (£9)
Milk Buttercup the Cow live onstage Competition
We’re looking for two children aged five to nine to come onstage during each performance to help Jack and Dame Trott milk Buttercup the cow. To enter the competition, children simply have to colour in the Buttercup at the Fair picture. Find out more here
John Lewis storytelling
Dame Trott will be at John Lewis from 2.30pm on Saturday 12 November, for a fun storytelling session