JACK AND THE BEANSTALK by Colin Barrow
This traditional pantomime packs a good fun time for all the family. The script is written so that only the Giants voice is heard. The beanstalk can either be set before the scene opening or grows at the opening of the scene, this helps with venue logistics.
Mother Hubbard is threatened with eviction by Hemlock, the Giants agent. She is given forty-eight hours to pay up or get out. Hemlock has Tom the Piper and Miss Muffet as so-called henchmen, but in reality a comedy duo. With Simple Simon, they deliver the usual mayhem expected. Jack meets the girl of his dreams, Princess Mary, the King of Merrivale’s daughter.
The King promises Jack, his daughters’ hand in marriage and half the Kingdom if he can get rid of the giant. Daisy, the cow is given a makeover to be sold for the best price, but the bag of gold turns into beans.
After the throwing down of some beans the Beanstalk grows. And so, Jack ventures to the Giants castle, with a little help from Fairy Snowdrop, the Giant is no more and life becomes normal again at Merrivale – well, almost normal!