A broken arm is no joke for Jack and the Beanstalk’s fairy

Ann Micklethwaite plays the Fairy in Jack and the Beanstalk.
Ann Micklethwaite plays the Fairy in Jack and the Beanstalk.

The magic of pantomime season is now well underway in Halifax, but for one cast member of Jack and the Beanstalk, ‘break a leg’ took a disastrous turn.

But this wasn’t a slapstick scene in the pantomime.

Ann Micklethwaite, who plays the Fairy, slipped on ice in the car park and broke her elbow - causing her to be out of action while she recovers.

Steve Boden, Managing Director of Imagine Theatre who are the producers of the show, said: “We were all really upset to hear of Ann’s accident and we are wishing her

a speedy recovery.”

In Ann’s absence her role was covered by understudy Anna Lakin for Monday’s performances, with Niki Burné, who previously played the role for Imagine in Gravesend in 2012, stepping in to take over the role from Tuesday onwards.

But it’s hoped that Ann will return to the cast during the pantomime’s run.

Rob Marsden, the pantomime’s director, said: “Both Anna and Niki are doing a splendid job of covering, but we are hopeful that Ann will be able to re-join us again

during the run.

“I am sure Neil Hurst will be making a few jokes at her expense if she does – in fact, I think he is practising them already.”

Jack and the Beanstalk opened on Saturday and will run until Sunday January 4, 2015.