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Jack and the Beanstalk Panto


Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre has truly excelled itself this year by securing a selection of distinguished and established names in the world of showbiz and celebrity to perform in their annual Pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk. Fresh out of securing the title of Celebrity Big Brother, Julian Clary will once again be embracing diamantes and full make-up, along with one of TV’s leading actors Nigel Havers and Lee Mead, winner of Any Dream Will Do.


NIGEL HAVERS How would you describe your character?


I am playing Fleshcreep. I can’t wait to play this part, as performing as the baddy is one of my favourite roles – I’ve played Hook twice


before and very much look forward to the audiences reaction in Southampton to Fleshcreep. I adore Panto as it introduces children to the theatre and then they want to come back.


What are your plans for your well deserved day off on Christmas Day?


Christmas Day will be quiet this year as we generally spend it with my daughter but she’s busy with her wedding plans. My wife and I like to attend Church in the morning, so maybe no turkey this year as there’s just the two of us.


JULIAN CLARY


How would you describe your character? I am playing Spirit of the Beans, which is a force for good… a bit like a Fairy Godfather.


What are your plans for


your well deserved day off on Christmas Day? My partner Rolf and I will enjoy a traditional Christmas with my parents, which will include crackers and stockings!


How hard was it to adjust to a normal routine after 3 weeks in the Celebrity Big Brother house? My partner Rolf didn’t want me to go into the house and he even turned up at the first eviction show, clutching two theatre tickets for us, as he truly believed I would be out.


LEE MEAD How would you describe your part? I will be playing Jack; I’ve not yet seen the script but I will be singing a few numbers and start rehearsals on 10 December.


What are your plans for your well deserved day off on Christmas Day?


My daughter Betsy is now 2 and a half years old and so Christmas is going to be pretty special this year. My wife Denise is presently in Strictly Come Dancing and the final show falls on the opening night of Jack and the Beanstalk, so we might have to juggle our schedules.


Tickets are on sale from The Mayflower box office or online. Call 02380 711811 or for more information, visit www.mayflower.org.ukInterview by: Jane Dean www. janedeanpr.co.uk Photos by: Samantha Baxter www.sambaxterphotography.co.uk


Panto round-up


SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS @ KINGS THEATRE Can the beautiful Snow White escape the evil clutches of the Wicked Queen and marry her true love Prince Valentine? Featuring seven mischievous dwarves and plenty of audience participation, Snow White is sure to add the necessary sparkle to the festive season. The panto stars Lisa Riley and Marcus Patrick. Snow White will be showing from 12 December to 06 January. Call 023 9282 8282 to book.


Panto season doesn’t stop there; the South Coast has a variety of shows to interest all the family. Here is Listed’s round up…


CINDERELLA


@ REGENT CENTRE The award winning Highcliffe Charity Players return with their much-loved, family New Year Pantomime, Cinderella. This enchanting show is everyone’s favourite rags to riches fairytale, boasting sparkling costumes and stunning sets. As usual, all profits will go to local charities. Cinderella will be showing from 19 January – 26 January 2013. Call 01202 499199 to book.


ALADDIN @ THEATRE ROYAL WINCHESTER Aladdin is a colourful family show with fun, fantasy and plenty of laughs and will whisk you away into a world of splendour, accompanied by live music, mind- blowing magic and a real flying carpet. Aladdin will be showing from 12 December – 06 January 2013. Call 01962 840440 to book.


Listed


19


12 DEC - 06 JAN


19-26 JAN


12 DEC - 06 JAN


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