Jack and the Beanstalk

The New Wolsey Theatre

Written by Pete Rowe

Designed by Neil Irish

Choreographed by Darragh O’Leary

Musical Director Rebekah Hughes

Lighting design by Richard G Jones

Sound Design by James Cook

Casting Director Debbie O’Brien

Production photographs taken by Mike Kwasniak


The Stage *****
‘A superb show – slick, silly, and amusing for all ages, yes, but also socially progressive and willing to embrace technology. It is everything a pantomime should be in 2021.’

British Theatre Guide
‘With the usual mix of actor musicians, slapstick humour plus incredible puppets, this is a night of rollicking entertainment that’s a great antidote to the continuing pressures of COVID and the pandemic. It’s all directed by Kate Golledge with a tight rein that belies the exuberance and madcap mayhem created on stage.’

East Anglian Daily Times
‘The same night, the same show, our team were in their seats in the auditorium and sofa respectively – and let’s just say you’ll hit the jackpot whether you choose to livestream or be in the audience this Christmas. The creative team has clearly worked hard to make sure that those who are not in the theatre are strongly immersed in the panto. It really is fascinating to watch how productions are utilising this hybrid to reach their audience.’

The Family Stage
‘A fun production which provides a shining example of how hybrid theatre offers an opportunity for widening access to the arts and should be the goal for post-pandemic practice rather than confined to the Covid crisis response.’

Suffolk Live
‘I honestly believe this was the New Wolsey’s best rock and roll panto yet, and I can say that, because I’ve been to pretty much all of them.’

Beyond the Curtain
‘New Wolsey Theatre once again provides another dose of festive family entertainment that will delight all ages. Full of heart, great music, and a top-notch cast. It’s a giant amount of fun.’

Ipswich 24
‘An explosion of musical numbers and comical slapstick humour.’

Theatre Weekly
‘Directed by Kate Golledge this delightful romp is perfect for the family who wants to spend a chilly winter evening being warmed by the theatre lights.’

British Theatre
‘Great fun! An evening to lift the spirits after the last year or so.’

Grapevine Live
‘The perfect family friendly trip to the theatre.’