Jack and the Beanstalk - Crewe 2008


  • Lyceum Theatre, Crewe Heath Street Crewe, CW1 2DA United Kingdom

Our 2008 production of Jack and the Beanstalk at the Lyceum Theatre, Crewe, starred:

  • Lynne McGranger (Home & Away) as the Fairy
  • Kerry Newell (Fun Song Factory) as Jack
  • Frazer Hines (Emmerdale) as Fleshcreep
  • Carolynn Good (Fame Academy) as Princess Tamara
  • Kevin McGreevy (Brum) as Simple Simon
  • Chris Casserly as Dame Trot
  • Pablo Raybould as the King

Director - Rob Marsden
Choreographer - Louise Redmond
Musical Director - Peter Golding
Executive Producer - Steve Boden

The pantomime ran from 3rd December 2008 to 3rd January 2009.


The panto is now closed

3rd January 2009

After 48 performances, Jack and the Beanstalk closed at about 9:30pm this evening.

It's been a fantastic show, and we've had alot of fun. Thanks so much to the cast and crew, but mostly to the team from the Lyceum Theatre. Thank you for making us so welcome yet again!

We're really looking forward to being back in December 2009 with Sleeping Beauty!

xx


Another review is out

17th December 2008

This time from the Crewe Chronicle...


The Reviews have started coming out!

8th December 2008

The panto review from The Stage

A review of the panto has appeared in the local press!


The production shots are out...

5th December 2008

Here are the some of the production shots taken at the final dress rehearsal. Taken by our friend Adam Chapman (http://www.adamjameschapman.co.uk/) - thanks Adam!


The set is going in

28th November 2008

The set goes in, watched by Director Rob. The Giant is rigged in his storage space - from some bars in the fly tower in the roof of the theatre.

The Lycem has one of the steepest raked stages in the country. We want to use one of WISH's BIG walking animatronic Giants on the stage so we've had to build an 'anti rake'. This means that the back half of the stage has been flattened. As a result, the Giant can walk on it. What it does mean though is that there has to be two steps on the stage, where the 'normal' stage at the front meets the 'anti rake' at the back. The fact the two steps are so high shows you just how steep the Lyceum's rake really is.

The cast sit in the auditorium and watch the set go in, while Pete finds his new home in the orchestra pit, with all his keyboards and the other band members

The cast start to rehearse on the stage (L-R - Lynne, Nicola, Carolynne, Pablo, Kevin, Kerry)


More rehearsal photos are coming through

26th November 2008

Louise, the panto choreographer, has been busy with her camera!


Crewe light switch on

25th November 2008

The cast were out in force for the Christmas light switch on in Crewe. Here are a few images of the night. Looks like they had a fab time!

L-R - Frazer Hines (Fleshcreep), Kerry Newell (Jack), Chris Casserly (Dame Trot), Lynne McGranger (Fairy), Carolynne Good (Princess Tamara), Pablo Raybould (The King), Kevin McGreevy (Simple Simon)

L-R - Frazer Hines (Fleshcreep), Kerry Newell (Jack), Chris Casserly (Dame Trot), Lynne McGranger (Fairy), Carolynne Good (Princess Tamara), Pablo Raybould (The King), Kevin McGreevy (Simple Simon)

Absoultely hilarious - the 'make your own snowman using toilet roll' competition! Lynne was 'wrapping' Frazer while Kerry was 'wrapping' Crewe's carnival Queen! Looks like Kerry won then?!

Turning on the Christmas lights!

Turning on the Christmas lights!

Pablo, Lynne and Kevin

24th November 2008

Pablo, Lynne and Kevin help out with a christmas event at the Bridgemere Garden Centre

Pablo, Lynne and Kevin help out with a christmas event at the Bridgemere Garden Centre


Rehearsals Day 4 and company meal

20th November 2008

Lynne and Kerry get into costume

The team go out for dinner. Photos: Left - Kevin (Idle Jack) & Rob (director); centre left - Lynne (Fairy) and Nicola (dancer); centre right - Frazer (Fleshcreep) and Kerry (Jack); right - Liam (Giant and Dancer) and Louise (Choreographer)


Rehearsals Day 3

19th November 2008

Lou's been snapping away again!

Kerry's getting in the swing of being Jack (with Liam & Nicola playing Daisy the Cow)

Kerry's getting in the swing of being Jack (with Liam & Nicola playing Daisy the Cow)


Rehearsals Day 2

18th November 2008

Rehearsals are into their second day - here are some photos!


Rehearsals have started!

17th November 2008

Our roving report on the road (and show choreographer!), Lou Redmond, will be keeping us up to date with photos and images from rehearsals! Sorry if the quality isn't brill - Lou is taking photos while dancing some times!! Lou will be snapping daily so we'll try and keep as many photos coming as we can.

Yes, rehearsals are now under way. Lynne flew into the UK for mid-day on Sunday 16th November and was quite jet lagged for her first day of rehearsal. All the cast and crew turned up (thank fully!) for the first day and got straight into the important business of eating a welcome buffet! Following that, it was time for a read through and for rehearsals to commence.


Coming to a billboard or a bus near you this November and December....

4th November 2008

On the buses around Crewe and Cheshire

Billboards around town...  


Giant Training

22nd October 2008

Liam Walsh, who is playing the Giant in Crewe recently came over to WISH for his 'Giant Training Day'. See our 'preparing for panto' page for some photos of the day.


Some great stories on Pablo...

8th October 2008

So, you're coming to see Jack and the Beanstalk at Crewe and you think you've never heard of Pablo Raybould. Well think again! Very shortly, Pablo will to appear in "Britannia High" the new ITV hit show. Don't say we didn't warn you!

Also, watch out for the new Royal Mail Christmas stamps. Can't say any more at present, but believe us, if you're sending 2nd class post Christmas cards this year, you're going to see A LOT of Pablo!!

Then to top it off, he's also going to be on your screens this Christmas in the Argo advert.

So you think you don't know Pablo Raybould... well, as we said before, think again!!


It's big, it's mean and it's coming to a billboard near you!

8th October 2008

Watch out for these billboard posters around Crewe


Some images from the Babes audition day

20th September 2008

Lou puts the kids through their paces.... however, we're not quite sure how Rob came to be auditioning (see third photo!) He says he was just walking through the room, but we think he secretly wants a part!


The panto babes are cast!

20th September 2008                 

We were absolutely delighed with the standard, and are pleased to announce that this year, there will be 2 teams of 10 babes performing, as well as 6 'reserves'.

Well done to all who were successful - we can't wait to work with you!!


Panto Launch images

11th September 2008

Every year in mid-September the venue does a 'panto launch' for the council & local press. 5 of the 7 cast were present (Frazer, Carolynne, Chris, Pablo & Kevin.) Lynne & Kerry sent videos saying hi. Rob (Director) & Lou (Choreographer) were there. Here are some photos.

Here's the flyer!

3rd September 2008


The panto is cast

27th August 2008

Here's who will be appearing in Crewe for panto 2008/9:

  • Lynne McGranger (Home & Away) as the Fairy
  • Kerry Newell (Fun Song Factory) as Jack
  • Frazer Hines (Emmerdale) as Fleshcreep
  • Carolynn Good (Fame Academy) as Princess Tamara
  • Kevin McGreevy (Brum) as Simple Simon
  • Chris Casserly as Dame Trot
  • Pablo Raybould as the King

Venue Brochure Spread

8th August 2008

Here is the venue brochure spread for the pantomime. The proper flyer will follow shortly


New panto star is announced!

8th August 2008

Meet Dulcie the cow, playing the role of Daisy