Comedy, Dance and Theatre
The show opens on 18 December
Jack and the Beanstalk heads to Somerset
Traditional pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk is set to be performed in many of Somerset's top theatres. We meet the stars of one.
If you're planning on going to a pantomime this year in Somerset, chances are you'll be seeing Jack and the Beanstalk.
The classic tale is being performed at Weston-super-Mare's Playhouse, the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil and the Strode Theatre in Street.
Starring at the Playhouse is Les Battersby, otherwise known as Bruce Jones and Sue Hodge, star of classic 80s comedy 'Allo 'Allo. Local comedian and West End star Lee Carroll will also be treading the boards.
"I love pantos- I couldn't imagine Christmas without it and the children all love it," said Sue who will be playing Fairy Organic.
"Often it's the first time they've [children] been to a theatre and you can see they think it's magical."
Local children are also part of the show
Jack and the Beanstalk is the first panto Bruce has done in 20 years. He said he decided to come to Weston as a friend recommended the Playhouse as it was a 'beautiful' theatre and out of the three he was offered, Jack and the Beanstalk was the most traditional.
He said the panto was very interactive- all singing, all dancing - he even has a solo number to sing which he's very nervous about.
"It's very hard work and very stressful. These guys are all professionals so I'm just following their lead."
Jack and the Beanstalk has had quite an impact on Sue's life- she met her husband while performing the panto in Southend-on-Sea however "there's nothing as magical as Cinderella".
So how will the stars be celebrating Christmas? Bruce will be heading back up North to spend the day with his daughter in Wolverhampton while Sue will be with her husband.
Movies and 'something different'
So what does 2008 hold for the stars? Both are being quite coy over some up-and-coming projects.
"I've been approached to do a new show which is a bit closer to the line- it's quite saucy," said Sue.
Bruce meanwhile has returned to making films after his 10-year stint in Corrie.
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last updated: 18/12/2007 at 08:57