Pantomime returns to Queens Park after a decade

Panto rehearsal of Jack and the Beanstalk at the Queens Park Arts Centre in Aylesbury
Panto rehearsal of Jack and the Beanstalk at the Queens Park Arts Centre in Aylesbury

VILLAGERS are being sacrificed as food for a giant, their lives are ruled by an evil demon – and to make matters worse they could be saved if the main character wasn’t miserable and selfish.

This is the plot behind the latest reworking of Jack and the Beanstalk, which opens at the Queens Park Arts Centre on Thursday.

It is the first time in a decade that the venue has hosted a pantomime, which in the past was a hugely successful annual event.

The show is described as an ‘all dancing show with the obligatory pantomime cow’ and a ‘hilarious comedy duo, fantastically imaginative sets and home made costumes’.

The Queens Park is marketing it as ‘an alternative to the glitzy high-budget pantomimes that are so prominent nowadays’.

It is directed by Pete Benson, who is an experienced performer, playwright, theatre and movie director.

Benson is best known as one half of the clowning duo, Custard and Mr Nasty.

As a writer, Pete has written pantomimes, musicals, comedies and dramas and he also runs his own theatre company which has worked closely with the Prince’s Trust.

The show is supported by a donation from former organisation Aylesbury Dramatic and Operatic Society and grants from Aylesbury Town Council and Aylesbury Vale Arts Council.

More details at www.qpc.org