Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Full casting announced for Park Theatre's panto

Full casting has been announced for the second annual Christmas pantomime at the Park Theatre, Jack and the Beanstalk. 

The show, which has book, music and lyrics by Jez Bond and Mark Cameron, opens on 2nd December 2014 (previews from 27th November) and runs until 4th January 2015.

Artistic Director Jez Bond will direct Gloria Onitiri (West End Frame Understudy of the Year runner-up in 2013), Michael Cahill, Omar Ibrahim, Killian Macardle and Paige Round. 

Gazoob, the land of the Giants. Evil inventor Ms Grimm wants world domination and it seems there is nothing her lovely daughter Grenthel and Geoff, the smallest giant in the world, can do to stop her.

Nowen, a peaceful but poor Kingdom. Jack and his mum Tina (tupperware consultant to the stars) struggle to pay the rent. To make matters worse, they have to get rid of their trusted cow, Daisy. When Grimm’s evil plan lands at their feet, what will Jack do to save the day?

Meet The Cast

Michael Cahill plays The Dame. His theatre credits include Candide (Menier Chocolate Factory), Martin Guerre (Prince Edward Theatre), Starlight Express (Apollo Theatre), King (Piccadilly Theatre), Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (London Palladium), Closer than Ever (Landor Theatre), A Month In The Country (Salisbury Playhouse), Stepping Out, Merlin and the Winter King, and Company (Derby Playhouse), A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Theatre Royal York), My Father’s Son at (Sheffield Crucible) and Wizard of Oz (West Yorkshire Playhouse). His television work includes The Royal and, for film, his credits include Les Miserables and The Selfish Giant.

Omar Ibrahim plays Jack. His theatre credits include Warde Street (Park Theatre), News Revue (Canal Cafe Theatre), Mohammed and I (Vault Festival), Acres (New Diorama), Theatre Uncut (Young Vic, Drum Theatre and Barbican Theatre Plymouth), Flat Sit (Cockpit Theatre and Lost Theatre), The Time Of Your Life and Make Me A Martyr (Finborough Theatre) and Unseen (V&A Museum). His film work includes Missing Something.

Gloria Onitiri plays Grimm. Her theatre work includes Egusi Soup (UK tour), The Bodyguard (Adelphi Theatre), The Tempest (Bath Theatre Royal), Charlotte’s Web (Polka Theatre), Hair (Festival Ljubljana), Takeaway (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Amphibians(Bridewell), The Lion King (Lyceum), Been So Long (Young Vic), The Bacchae (National Theatre of Scotland), Pendragon (Exeter Northcott Theatre, Minack, Edinburgh Festival Theatre and Japan Tour) The Dreaming (Exeter Northcott Theatre and Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House). Her television work includes Splatalot, Grass, Bad Girls and film credits include Resurrecting the Street Walker. 

Killian Macardle plays Geoff. This will be his first professional stage role, having recently graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. His television work includes Glue. 

Paige Round plays Grenthel. She graduated this year from Central School of Speech and Drama. Her theatre work includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Pebbles Court) and Antigone (Belsize Park Festival). 

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