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Casting Announced For JACK AND THE BEANSTALK at Exeter Northcott

Casting Announced For JACK AND THE BEANSTALK at Exeter NorthcottArtistic & Executive Director of Exeter Northcott Theatre Daniel Buckroyd today announces the full cast for the Christmas pantomime.

Exeter's favourite panto dame Steve Bennett returns after last year's acclaimed Dick Whittington to write, direct and star in this year's show.

Steve, the Northcott's regular dame from 1996 to 2010, continues the revival of the Northcott panto tradition with another home-grown show for all the family.

He returns as Dame Dotty Trott, leading a cast of seven with deep roots in the local area in a show which opens on December 3 and runs until January 6.

The familiar tale will see Jack embark on an epic adventure, trading the beloved family cow, Daisy before a showdown with Baron Fleshcreep and the Giant.

A chorus of 16 talented local youngsters, split into two teams, will appear alongside experienced actors, singing songs and performing dance routines.

Jessie May, who comes from Exeter and launched her career in the young chorus many years ago, plays Jack.

Emma Stansfield, from Moretonhampstead, plays the Fairy, while Dan Ball, who comes from Exeter and is currently in Don Carlos, plays the Giant and the Cow.

Devon-born Victoria Lucie plays Jill and Baron Fleshcreep is played by Mark Jardine, from Willand.

Noel White, who will be a familiar face to panto lovers following a string of performances alongside Steve at the Northcott, completes the cast and plays Silly Billy.

Artistic and Executive Director Daniel Buckroyd said: "The Northcott has a long tradition of producing one of the South West's most popular pantomimes and we are proud to continue that tradition with this year's fun-for-all-the-family production.

"Panto is a very special festive experience and we put a lot of work into the show to make sure it appeals to all ages.

"Fans of Steve will be delighted that he is writing and directing this year - it promises to be magical and memorable for children as well as entertaining and funny for the grown-ups."

Steve added: "I am absolutely delighted with the cast and especially pleased that a lot of them have local roots.

"We will be offering a full-on family show that everyone can enjoy - from 6 to 106!"

Cast: Steve Bennett (Dame Dotty Trott), Jessie May (Jack), Victoria Lucie (Jill), Noel White (Silly Billy), Mark Jardine (Baron Fleshcreep), Emma Stansfield (Fairy), and Dan Ball (Giant/Cow).

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