Traditional panto performances may have been postponed until 2021, but fear not! Christmas is far from cancelled at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry as they prepare to host their first online pantomime!
Specially created to be enjoyed at home, Jack and the Beanstalk Online will be available to stream at home throughout December, or to watch via a series of socially distanced screenings at the Belgrade Theatre.
The show is written and directed by the Belgrade’s regular panto Dame Iain Lauchlan, who will also play a number of characters in the show, alongside his regular comedy co-star Craig Hollingsworth. The show will also feature a special cameo appearance from BBC’s Trish Adudu, as well as a junior chorus of eight local children.
Jack and the Beanstalk follows a Covid themed storyline imitating real life right now. As the bustling village of Prickly Bottom gets turned upside down by Covid 17 ½, as if lockdown wasn’t bad enough, the unhappy villagers are also being plagued by an outbreak of theft, thanks to an evil Giant and his horrible henchman Fleshcreep.
When they steal the enchanted harp that helps keep Prickly Bottom safe and prosperous, it’s up to lockdown layabout Jack Trott to save the day. But will he be able to turn over a new leaf in time to be the hero the village needs? Find out when this one-of-a-kind festive experience brings the magic of panto into the comfort of your home.
In addition to their online pantomime, the Belgrade will also be hosting socially distanced performances of Santa’s Christmas Rescue, the latest in Imagine Theatre’s Santa series, written by Iain Lauchlan for kids aged 2-7. With songs and laughter, this interactive, 35-minute show ends with a chance for little ones to receive a gift and speak to Santa or Ellie the Elf via TV link.
Jack and the Beanstalk Online will be available to stream at home from 1st-31st December and Santa’s Christmas Rescue will run from 10th-24th December.