Family Panto returns again to Hilton Brighton Metropole

October 28, 2018

West End cast announced for Brighton’s Jack and the Beanstalk with Christopher Biggins appearing as the Video Guest Star.

FOLLOWING last years hugely successful production of Cinderella, Brighton has once again attracted a cast of West End stars again for the family pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk that returns to The Hilton Brighton Metropole from the December 20-29, 2018.

The line-up of West End performers will see panto legend, Christopher Biggins appear on-screen as the downtrodden King, includes West End performers such as Alasdair Buchan (Urinetown: the musical, Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (Film)), playing the repugnant villain Fleshcreep and Brighton trained Molly Scott (Fantasia) as the beautiful love-struck Princess.

Career pantomime dame David Rumelle (Round the Horne – Revisited, Stop Messing About) will be playing the part of Dame Trott and Keris Lea, who shot to fame as the lead singer in The Sundaes on the BBC1 primetime talent show, All Together Now, will be returning as The Fairy.

Newcomers Shaun Mendum and Richard Dawes will be playing the parts of the meddlesome brothers, Jack Trott and Silly Billy.

Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Cllr Dee Simson attends the Panto launch at Donetello's Restaurant
Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Cllr Dee Simson attends the Panto launch at Donetello’s Restaurant

The panto is being produced by local events company, E3, which is founded and managed by David Hill and Lukas Wojcik. E3 is responsible for producing some of the biggest events in the city including The Brighton Half Marathon, The Snowman Spectacular Ball, Sussex Gin Fest and now Brighton and Hove’s annual family pantomime.

This spectacular new production, which features a huge LED video wall, a 7ft animatronic giant and the biggest sing and dance-along version of Baby Shark in Brighton, is just part of this unique Christmas experience and will be the only traditional family panto playing in Brighton and Hove this Christmas.

Ticket holders to the 820-seated auditorium will also enjoy free entrance to a magical Christmas Fayre which features festive food options, Christmas stalls and lots of games for the children.

Each performance will also be raising money for a number of local charities including Chailey Heritage Foundation, Chestnut Tree House, The Starr Trust, The Sussex Beacon, Sussex Wildlife Trust and the Rockinghorse charity.

David Hill said: “The reaction to last year’s panto was overwhelming, and we needed to add extra dates due to the demand for tickets. We proved beyond doubt that families in Brighton and Hove want a large-scale family pantomime back in the city. This year’s show will be even bigger than before with lots of special effects!”

Accountancy firm, Taylorcocks, are the headline sponsors.

Commenting about their involvement with the panto, partner Mark Cummins said: “We are delighted to be the headline sponsor for this year’s Brighton Pantomime. Having attended last years, I know everyone is in for a treat. Accountants sponsoring an event like this is different, which compliments Taylorcocks philosophy of being able to offer something slightly different from our competitors. This is a great opportunity for my firm to be associated with a fantastic feel good production.”

Tickets range in price from £19.99 to £29.70.

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