Beans sprouting round the Lighthouse

POOLE’S Lighthouse panto­mime 2019/20 is Jack and the Beanstalk, last seen on that stage six years ago and this sea­son running from Thurs­day 12th December to Sun­day 5th January.

The company is delighted to see that the beanstalk is al­ready growing, the cow is looking worried and our hero is ready to save the day with a wink and a smile.

Former Blue Peter presenter Peter Duncan has written the show, and is also playing  Dame Trott, his first time in the traditional pantomime petticoats.

The cast includes former Sugababes singer Amelle Berrabah as the Fairy and Connor Byrne (Mike Milligan in Tracy Beaker) – as the grasping Squire.

There’s also a twelve-foot Giant to contend with.

Alex Hodge, who’s playing Jack, is delighted to be in Poole for the Christmas season, and his Jill, Bethan-Wyn Davies, couldn’t agree more: “For me the joy of panto is you become a little family unit for the run. Everyone is in good spirits and everything else takes a back seat for that time.”

“I think Jack and the Bean­stalk has one of the best plots out of all the pantomimes,” says director Jay Worthy, who is also playing the villainous Fleshcreepy. “It’s got great comedy and the beautiful pathos of Dame Trott having to sell her cow, who is like a member of the family.”

Connor Byrne, a classically trained ballet soloist with a long list of stage and screen credits to his name, is excited to be meeting his fellow cast members.

“I’ve never been to Poole before, but I got off the train and I could smell the sea – that’s a good sign,” he says. “The idea of playing with Peter is fun because he’s a bit of a wildcard, you never quite know what he’s going to do.

There will be 40 performances of Jack and the Beanstalk, at various times in the day and evening. For more information, telephone 01202 280000 or visit the website,