Casting Announced for the Lyric Hammersmith's Panto JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

Casting Announced for the Lyric Hammersmith's Panto JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

The Lyric Hammersmith today announces casting for its Christmas panto, Jack and the Beanstalk. With plenty of magic beans, a loveable cow, an enormous beanstalk, a gigantic giant and a massive adventure, this year's panto looks set to be the biggest ever.

Award-winning comedian, composer and BBC Proms presenter, Vikki Stone returns to the Lyric Hammersmith's pantomime for the second year in a row to play the role of Fleshcreep, joining Cherrelle Skeete who will play the Fairy Godmother, and who is currently rehearsing at the Lyric in the forthcoming production of The Seagull. Other cast members include: Kayla Meikle who will play Daisy the Cow and Faith Omole who will play Jack. The ensemble is built up of six young performers, as part of the Lyric Hammersmith's commitment to nurturing young talent.

Further Casting to be announced.

Jack and the Beanstalk has been written by Joel Horwood and is co-directed by the Lyric Hammersmith's Artistic Director, Sean Holmes and Jude Christian, an Artistic Associate of the Lyric.

Kayla Meikle plays Daisy the Cow

Theatre credits include: Macbeth and Romeo & Juliet (National Theatre); PRIMETIME (Royal Court); Merlin (Nuffield); The Taming of the Shrew (Arts Theatre); All That Lives (Ovalhouse) and Streets (Interval Productions)

Film and TV credits include: Will.

Faith Omole plays Jack

Theatre credits include: Twelfth Night (Royal Exchange); The Rolling Stone (Orange Tree/National Theatre/West Yorkshire Playhouse); Custody (Talawa); A Slave Story (Traverse/ UK Tour) and Walk in the Light (National Theatre).

Film and TV credits include: Dumpee and He Loves Me. Cherrelle Skeete plays Fairy Godmother
For the Lyric: The Seagull.

Other theatre credits include: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Palace); Three Days in the Country and Amen Corner (National Theatre); Wind in the Willows (Royal and Derngate, Northampton); And I and Silence (Finborough) and The Lion King (Lyceum).

Film and TV credits include: Silent Witness, Danny and the Human Zoo, The Five, Ordinary Lies and Call the Midwife.

Vikki Stone plays Fleshcreep

Vikki Stone is an award-winning comedian, actress, musician and composer, best known as host of the official BBC Proms Podcast. She is also an Associate of The Royal College of Music and Fellow of Wells Cathedral School.

For the Lyric: Aladdin.
Television credits include: Partners in Rhyme, The John Bishop Show, Uncle, Ten Pieces, The Funny Thing

About...,Titch & Ted, Safeword.

Radio credits include: The Proms Podcast, BBC Radio 6 Music Weekend Breakfast
The Now Show, In Tune, Essential Classics, Live At The Fringe, The Last Word, Virgin Radio's Sunday Takeover.

Composition credits include: The Thing That Matters (Imagination, The Royal Albert Hall), Concerto for Comedian & Orchestra (Glastonbury/Latitude/Edinburgh Festival).

Cast: Kayla Meikle (Daisy the Cow), Faith Omole (Jack), Cherelle Skeete (Fairy Godmother) and Vikki Stone (Fleshcreep).

Young Ensemble: Montel Bowen, Olivia Davidson, Lucy Havard, Jack Pallister, Tienne Simon and Amelia Stevenson.

Joel Horwood Writer

Joel is an Artistic Associate at the Lyric Hammersmith.

For the Lyric: Aladdin (2016), Secret Theatre: A Stab in the Dark, A Series Of Increasingly Impossible Acts, Cinderella (co-written with Morgan Lloyd Malcolm 2012) and Dick Whittington (co-written with Morgan Lloyd Malcolm 2010).

Other theatre credits include: I Want My Hat Back (National Theatre); The Little Mermaid (Bristol Old Vic); The Planet And Stuff (Polka); I Heart Peterborough (Soho);The Count Of Monte Cristo (West Yorkshire Playhouse); I Caught Crabs In Walberswick (The Pleasance/UK Tour/The Bush); Is Everyone OK? (Latitude Festival/UK Tour); Stoopud Fucken Animals, Food (Traverse); and Mikey the Pikey (The Pleasance/UK tour).

Jude Christian Co-Director

Jude is an Artistic Associate at the Lyric Hammersmith.
For the Lyric (as Associate Director): Shopping and F**king, Aladdin, The Seagull.

Theatre credits include: Split/Mixed (Summerhall); Nanjing (Yard Theatre); Blue (RWCMD); Lela & Co. (Royal Court); I'd Rather Goya Robbed Me Of My Sleep Than Some Other Arsehole (Gate Theatre/Boom Arts Portland) and Bwyta Eliffant, Sut Mae Gwneud Hynny Dwedwch?/How Do You Eat An Elephant? (National Youth Theatre of Wales).

Sean Holmes Co-Director

Sean is Artistic Director of the Lyric Hammersmith.

For the Lyric: Terror, Shopping and F**king, Bugsy Malone, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Herons, Secret Theatre Shows 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7, Cinderella, Desire Under the Elms, Morning, Have I None, Saved, Blasted - winner Olivier Award 2011, Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky, Ghost Stories (also Duke of York's/Liverpool Playhouse/Panasonic Theatre, Toronto/Arts Theatre), Three Sisters and Comedians.

In 2016 Sean directed The Plough and the Stars at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin (also Irish/US Tour).

Sean was an Associate Director of the Oxford Stage Company from 2001 to 2006 and has also worked at the National Theatre, RSC, Tricycle, Royal Court, Donmar Warehouse, Chichester Festival Theatre and the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.

Photo: L-R, Faith Omole (Jack) and Vikki Stone (Fleshcreep). photo by Jay Brooks (2) (1)

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