Cinderella and the Beanstalk pantomime

Cinderella and the Beanstalk pantomime

Performed between the 14th Dec 2017 and the 6th Jan 2018 at The Old Market Upper Market Street, Hove, Cinderella and the Beanstalk pantomime is a perfect festive treat for those who like their panto with a twist.

Written by the multi-award-winning physical comedy trio Sleeping Trees (described by Time Out as ‘the birth child of Monty Python and The League of Gentlemen’) and directed by Tom Attenborough(grandson of the late Sir Richard Attenborough), Cinderella and the Beanstalk was a huge critical and audience hit when it premiered at London’s Theatre.

Tickets can be booked online, at the box office, by calling 01273 201 801 or emailing during weekday office opening hours.

Blink, and more emerges from The Beatles’ archives. Known only to those who were there, however, are the series of Christmas Shows which they performed at the end of 1963 and 1964. Not only were there the choruses of “ Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!” but such was the English variety tradition, they found themselves obliged to take part in a pantomime, whose plot was so awful – the group’s mop-tops covered by explorers’ hats as they went in search of the Yeti – that they refused to do such a thing again.

Pantomime, then, is as various as any theatrical form. Seemingly crude, it requires skill to make a success of something which, peculiarly English, derives from that centuries-old tradition of cross-dressing and magical transformations. That skill also requires the rare ability to create something which – as with, say, Harry Potter and The Wind in the Willows  –  appeals to all ages. As such, it digs down into childhood’s subconscious understanding of fairy tales’ lifelong take on human psychology – not least mankind’s propensity for cruelty.

“Oh, no it doesn’t!” That jeer can be justified: we can make too intellectual a display of all this. Highbrow indeed is Stephen Sondheim’s fairy-tale musical Into the Woods, but perhaps the moment that aroused most excitement during its first London production was when Nicholas Parsons fell face down several metres (needless to say this was a dummy).

An afternoon or evening out, pantomime can bring a taste for watching events unfurl upon a stage – which is a far cry from the screen. Human beings themselves are special effects.

Why choose one panto this Christmas when you can choose all of them?

Described as ‘infectiously bonkers’ and ‘breathtakingly witty’, Cinderella and the Beanstalk is the pantomime to end all pantomimes, and the perfect festive experience for anyone aged 6 years upwards.

Three seemingly unstoppable performers (and one live musician) recreate over 60 characters from more than a dozen classic stories, including Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Peter Pan, Hansel and Gretel, Pinocchio, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and many more. There’s anarchy up the beanstalk in this fast-paced physical comedy where the laughs come at breakneck speed.

Blackmailed by the scheming Rumpelstiltskin, you’ll follow would-be princess Cinderella on a perilous adventure to the top of the beanstalk to retrieve the coveted golden eggs. But with Prince Charming, the Fairy Godmother, Jack’s pregnant cow, and a small army of supporting characters all doing their bit to get in the way, getting her hands on these oversized eggs may not be quite so straightforward…

Sleeping Trees Executive Director Alice Carter explains how the show differs from traditional panto: ‘We don’t believe that children and adults have a different sense of humours – children don’t need to be talked down to, and adults don’t need smutty innuendo to laugh. So we decided to write a Christmas show that everyone could enjoy and laugh at together. We wrote the kind of Christmas show we wish we’d been taken to as children and that we want to see now as adults.’

Join a brand new cast for 2017 as they recreate every panto character you’d expect to find (and some you might not), and do their best to sing, dance and fight their way through 100 minutes of panto pandemonium.

‘The most fun you’ll have this Christmas… does for pantomime what the Reduced Shakespeare Company did for the Bard, only better’
★★★★ What’s On Stage

‘It’s not often you find a show that can delight three generations in equal measure… an absolute must-see’
★★★★★ Culture Whisper

‘A mega-mix that’s truly mega’
★★★★ Time Out

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The D2DSussex door to door leaflet delivery team have recently delivered for The Old Market to let local residents know about this great festive family friendly pantomime.

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