Christmas comes early as King’s Lynn Corn Exchange launch this year’s panto Jack and the Beanstalk
- Credit: Ian Burt
It may be a little too soon to be thinking about Christmas but the launch of this year's King's Lynn pantomime can certainly get us into the spirit.
The magic of panto will be returning to the The Corn Exchange this winter with the timeless classic Jack and the Beanstalk.
It is a story both young and old are familiar with, an elaborate fairy tale with equally colourful characters to suit.
Playing the leading role of Jack will be West End stalwart Rebecca Lisewski, who has performed in Mamma Mia, Starlight Express and Fame.
Ms Lisewski will be scaling new heights for her first ever performance in Jack and the Beanstalk.
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'I know the story growing up but I have never watched the panto,' she said. 'I love doing panto - it is fun, you have a laugh and I love seeing the kids faces light up.'
Donning the glittering robes of villain Fleshcreep is TV and stage actor Ian Reddington, who is performing in King's Lynn for the first time.
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He said: 'I love the water and the square.
'It is more than just a panto - I don't hide away, I like to be out and about and visit new people.
'I have done Jack and the Beanstalk couple of times, it is my favourite of all the pantos.
'Kids love it, they're shouting and screaming, it's fabulous.'
Joining him will be director Ian Marr as Dame Trott, Posh Charles as Broker's Man and Scott Cripps as stage clown Simple Simon.
Mr Cripps said the rehearsals do not begin until just over a week before the first scheduled performance and he expects a chaotic rush to get everything perfect.
'We have worked with each other and know each other so well. We come up with ideas and have no time for arguments,' he said.
'Everyone is so welcoming and friendly, it is such an enjoyment to do.
'Every panto is different - it's the same script but it will be different to how it's been done before.'
For more information and tickets, visit the Corn Exchange website.