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Watford Palace Theatre Announces Full Cast For JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

Artistic Director of Watford Palace Theatre, Brigid Larmour, today announces full casting for Jack and the Beanstalk. James Williams directs Miiya Alexandra (Liesel), Charlotte Clitherow (Fairy Fullobeans/Giant), Terence Frisch (Dame Trott), Oliver Longstaff (Jack Trott), Jill McAusland (Nightshade), Walter van Dyk (Herr Brush) and Marc Zayat (MooMoo). The production opens on 8 December, with previews from 5 December and runs until 5 January.

The most magical event of the year is back, full of all the ingredients you've come to love about the Watford Palace Theatre Pantomime... A lavish spectacle with live musicians on stage, stunning sets and costumes, song, dance and slapstick, performed straight from the heart by a talented company of new faces and Palace favourites. This year join Jack, Dame Trott and their traditional pantomime cow on the most giant adventure of all! The ultimate seasonal treat for you, your family and friends, created especially for you in Watford by our devoted team. Christmas wouldn't be the same without it!

Andrew Pollard is a writer and actor. His writing credits include Cinderella, Peter Pan: A New Adventure, Puss In Boots (Greenwich Theatre) and Beauty and the Beast (Salisbury Playhouse). His acting credits include Educating Rita (Duke's Theatre/New Vic Theatre), Around the World in 80 Days (New Vic Theatre/Cadogan Hall), Diana of Dobson's, Talent, Ghosts, Far From the Madding Crowd, Where Have I Been All My Life, Spring and Port Wine, The Admirable Crichton, The Rivals, Alphabetical Order (New Vic Theatre), Life's a Drag (Contact Theatre), Peter Pan in Scarlett (New Vic Theatre/Oxford Playhouse), The Ladykillers (Hull Truck Theatre/New Vic Theatre), Hay Fever and Perfect Days (Oldham Coliseum).

Miiya Alexandra plays Liesel. Her credits for the company include Aladdin. Other theatre credits include Metropolis (Ye Olde Rose and Crown) and The King and I (London Palladium).

Charlotte Clitherow plays Fairy Fullobeans/Giant. Her theatre credits include Into the Woods (International tour), Jack and the Beanstalk (Hall for Cornwall), Sweeney Todd (88 London Road) and The Secret Garden (Ambassadors Theatre). Her concert credits include Girlfriends (Bishopsgate Institute), Camelot (London Palladium), Mack and Mabel (Hackney Empire) and Candide (Cadogan Hall).

Terence Frisch returns to Watford Palace Theatre to play Dame Trott - this is his eighth appearance as Dame. His other credits include Joy Bubbles (The Other Palace), Septimus Bean and His Amazing Machine (Unicorn Theatre), Andy Capp The Musical (Finborough Theatre), Oysters, Faulty Towers - The Dining Experience (UK tour), Women of Troy, The Ring Cycle Plays (The Scoop), The Manual Oracle (The Yard Theatre), This Place Means (Greenwich +Dockland Festival), One Snowy Night (Slot Machine Theatre), Jerusalem (Royal Court Theatre), The Lord of the Rings (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare's Globe), The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek (Royal Exchange Theatre), Richard III, The Outside Edge (The Mill at Sonning) and Wait Until Dark (St Edmunds Hall, Southwold); and for film, Hugo.

Oliver Longstaff returns to Watford Palace Theatre pantomime to play Jack Trott. His credits for the company include Sleeping Beauty. His other theatre credits include Crime (Bezna Theatre), Surgeon To The Dead and The Academy Of Melancholy (Old Operating Theatre, Southwark)

Jill McAusland returns to Watford Palace Theatre pantomime for the seventh time to play Nightshade. Her other theatre credits include The Moor, Correspondence (Old Red Lion), The Lost Boy (Theatre in the Quarter), Miniaturists 50: Alcatraz (Arcola Theatre), Out of the Cage (Park Theatre), Ghost Town (Pilot Theatre/York Theatre Royal), Jumpy (Royal Court Theatre/Duke of York's Theatre), Alice in Wonderland (Royal & Derngate Theatre) and The Conspirators (Orange Tree Theatre).

Walter van Dyk returns to Watford Palace Theatre pantomime to play Herr Brush. His credits for the company include Arms and the Man, Equally Divided, Sleeping Beauty and Dick Whittington. Other theatre credits include A Flea In Her Ear (The Old Vic), Enter the Guardsman (Donmar Warehouse), Two Gentlemen of Verona, High Society, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre), O Moon of Alabama: A Kurt Weill Cabaret (Young Vic), Insufficiency (Riverside Studios), The Importance Of Being Earnest (Rose Theatre Kingston), The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs (Salisbury Playhouse), The Boatswain's Mate (Finborough Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Theatr Clwyd) and What Now Little Man? (Greenwich Theatre); and for film, The Carrier, The Eagle, Incognito and Abbot's Approach.

Marc Zayat plays MooMoo in his professional stage debut.

James Williams returns to Watford Palace Theatre to direct, having previously been Associate Director on James and The Giant Peach, Frankenstein, The Great Divide and Treasure Island.

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