Janice Honeyman’s giant of a pantomime ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ is still showing at the Joburg Theatre and will provide festive fun for the whole family until December 30. Over 30 000 tickets for ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ have already been sold, so theatre fans are urged to book now for this ultimate Christmas treat before it’s too late.
Everyone knows the story of Jack and how he goes to the market to sell his cow and comes home with some magic beans which then grow into an enormous beanstalk, climbing to the sky where a giant lives. Honeyman’s telling of the ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ story however is sure to be one of the craziest and original versions ever. With a star cast, the best of South African creative talent behind the scenes and surprises galore on stage, kids and parents alike will be laughing uproariously and singing along to the songs.
Needing no introduction, South Africa’s most loved panto star Tobie Cronjé returns again this year as the evil Henry Hideosa, the Giant’s assistant.
Desmond Dube dons the usual over-the-top gowns as Dame Dora Dimpledumpling. Dube last appeared in panto at Joburg Theatre in 2006 as Dame Winnie Wotalotigot in Honeyman’s ‘Aladdin’.
Bongi Mthomebi will play the title role of Jack. Mthomebi charmed audiences last year as Prince Charming in Honeyman’s ‘Cinderella’. He is best known as one of the Top 10 finalists on the sixth season of the M-Net reality competition ‘Idols’ in 2010.
And no panto would be complete without the hero’s “love interest”, who – of course – he gets to marry and walk down a lot of steps with at the end of the show. This year, the character of Raspberry Rose will be played by SA musical theatre star Carly Graeme. Graeme achieved personal triumph with her leading role in Joburg Theatre’s World Cup 2010 production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton’s musical ‘The Boys In The Photograph’.
The comic role of Mayoress Fumblebum will be played by Nandi Nyembe. Nyembe is best known for her role as Nandi Sibiya on the TV soccer drama ‘Zone 14’ and for her role as Sister Lizzie on the SABC1 drama series ‘Soul City’.
Multi-award winning actress Louise Saint-Claire is taking on this year’s fairy, Fenella Fynbos. This is Louise’s second panto at Joburg Theatre. She previously won many admirers with her hilarious send-up of Helen Zille in Honeyman’s ‘Robinson Crusoe and The Caribbean Pirates’ in 2010.
Cheer the hero, boo the villain, and revel in the stunning costumes and magical scenery for which Joburg Theatre pantomimes are so renowned.
* Tickets are R190 to R290. Book by visiting www.joburgtheatre.com, or by calling the theatre’s direct ticketing line on 0861 670 670.
Discounted rates for groups of ten or more are available by calling the theatre on 011 877 6853/4.
Hospitality packages are available for the pantomime in one of Joburg Theatre’s private function venues and the News Café –call Headline Leisure Management for more information on 011 877 6834, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.