Stars from the forthcoming Jack and The Beanstalk Christmas pantomime at The Atkinson in Southport were in town on Saturday to meet fans and promote the show.
They also treated a packed audience at the Southport BID Festive Fun Day to a ‘Bitesize Pantomime’ performance on the Lord Street Bandstand.
They posed for lots of pictures with excited youngsters, chatted with families and handed out flyers.
It was a great taster for what audiences can expect when Jack and The Beanstalk takes place at The Atkinson in Southport from 7th December 7th to 31st December.
You can book tickets here: Jack and the Beanstalk – Christmas Pantomime 2023 – The Atkinson, SouthportThe Atkinson
The role of Fleshcreep has now been taken by Mark Paterson, who has captivated audiences in almost every pantomime title from Cinderella at The Grand Theatre, Blackpool, to Snow White at the Sunderland Empire, as well as travelling the world performing in Horrible Histories.
Mark said: “I am thrilled to be performing in pantomime in Southport this Christmas. Pantomimes are such a joy to be a part of and I look forward to immersing myself in the role of Fleshcreep and encouraging loud boos and hissing at all times!”
Mark will be joined by an impressive cast of actors from around the country, including the town’s very own Lucy Brindle in the fantastically festive performance, which has been created by KD Theatre Productions.
The show tells the story of Jack who trades the family cow for a handful of magic beans, which later grow into a towering beanstalk, reaching high above the clouds. Jack sets out on an adventure to the land above the skies, promising to return with rich fortunes but not all goes to plan, and he meets some frightening characters along the way.
Adventures await and the show promises to have everything that audiences love about a panto, from singing along to songs, slapstick comedy, stunning set designs and plenty of sparkling costumes.
Marie Kenny, Programme Manager at The Atkinson, said: “Everyone here loves the fact that panto season is upon us as it really is such a wonderful time of year at the theatre. Many months of work go into these productions, and we are always pleased when launch day arrives and we can tell everyone what they will be able to see at The Atkinson this Christmas.
“We want people of all ages to come to the show and have a brilliant time and having seen the cast together, we are certain that everyone is in for a fantastic show.”