Monday, 23 July 2018

Sold out performances for Jack and the Beanstalk

THIS year?s pantomime at the Kenton Theatre in Henley broke records

THIS year?s pantomime at the Kenton Theatre in Henley broke records.

Jack and the Beanstalk, which ended its run on Sunday, was seen by more people than any of the three previous pantomimes staged by the New Street venue.

More than 4,200 people attended the 21 performances, many of which were sold out.

Ed Simons, chairman of the Kenton Trustees, said: ?We were delighted with the sheer quality of the production and the enjoyment that it has given for the nearly 5,000 happy Kenton pantomimites. Now we can?t wait for next year?s show.?

Producer Oli Seadon said: ?I try to talk to a few families after each show. Getting a glowing review live from a five-year-old is better than any national newspaper review.

?We all love the Kenton Theatre. The cast love it because it?s such an intimate space to play and our musical director loves it because of the fantastic acoustics and the writer/director loves it because it is such a beautiful venue and for its size, it?s surprisingly well-equipped.

?I love it because it is the perfect size to try out new work and we?re hoping to bring some more shows here using the same creative team.

?My aim in producing shows is to pull together a team of good-natured, generous and highly talented people and focus on making the best show we possibly can for our audience. With Jack and the Beanstalk, I feel we achieved that.

?When you have a capacity audience booing at the Crooked Man, chanting ?Jack, Jack, Jack? when our hero defeats him or when you?ve persuaded a full audience of 250 people to sing ?On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a bra that was made to hold three? at the top of their voices all the hard work certainly feels like it has paid off.

?It?s amazing that you can have children completely silent and captivated by some scenes and then jumping about howling ?He?s behind you? at Jack in others but you can have that effect if you stay true to the story and draw the audience in.?

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