Christmas is a panto at the Vic

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This week sees the cast of the Victoria Theatre’s spectacular family pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk descend on Halifax to begin rehearsals for the show which opens on Saturday December 13.

Steve Boden, Managing Director of Imagine Theatre, who are the producer’s of the show says: “Rehearsals are not when the work starts on the show, but when it all comes together. We start work on each of our pantomimes early on in the year, casting, deciding on the set and costumes, creating the music, etc and it is when we go in to rehearsal that all the different strands are pulled together.

“The first week will be spent in the rehearsal room and then we move in to the venue for what we call Tech Week where actors start rehearsing in their costumes on the stage, and we add in all the lighting and sound and also our fabulous live band will be joining us.”

One of the important parts of the tech rehearsals for the Dame is the opportunity to practice his/her costume changes.

Steve Fortune, who plays the most glamorous milk maid of them all, Dam Trot, says: “I have a lot of great costumes which I love but time can be quite tight when I have to change from one costume to another backstage and it does take a bit of practice to make sure I can get back on stage in time for our next scene.”

Halifax panto just wouldn’t be the same without Neil Hurst who is back at the venue for his sixth year.

“Every village has an idiot- and it’s usually me,” he says “So this year I am Simple Simon, the village idiot!! I have a brother Jack who all the girls fancy, but no one fancies me....awwwww. Jack and the Beanstalk promises to be a ‘gigantic’ festive treat and runs until Sunday, January 4.

lFor more information or to book tickets please contact the Victoria Theatre box office on 01422 351158 or visit