Croydon to get a quirky take on Jack and the Beanstalk panto

Croydon’s 2017 pantomime is to be Jack and the Beanstalk.

Putting the Twank into panto: last year’s Aladdin at the Waddon Leisure Centre

As in 2016, following the closure of the Fairfield Halls for refurbishment, this year’s panto will be staged by Q Productions at the Waddon Leisure Centre, in a 400-seater auditorium set-up in the sports hall.

The producers promise to announce over the coming months the star names and high-profile West End performers who will be joined on stage by local youth talent.

Open auditions will be held later in the year for young performers to join the juvenile ensemble, providing a fantastic opportunity to work alongside professional dancers and performers.

Last December’s Aladdin performances were seen by 14,000 and were well-received critically.

The producers’ bumpf for the 2017 season says: “Audiences will be taken on a magical adventure with hapless Jack as he discovers some magic beans which leads him to find an enchanted beanstalk … and a rather ill-tempered and mean Giant! Head to the magical land of ‘Croydonia’ where song, dance, and silliness are the order of the day and join Jack, his mum Dame Trott, and their treasured cow Daisy on their adventure, as they fall about laughing, fall over and get truly covered in foam and gunge.”

Q Productions is the sister company of The Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts, established to present professional productions throughout the country. Eddie Dredge, director of Q Productions, said: “We’re thrilled to be bringing this time-honoured family tradition to the people of Croydon for the second year running. I’m really excited for this special production and look forward to working with the local community.”

Jack and the Beanstalk runs from December 7-31, with tickets from £12.50 to £18.50 available at

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