Panto returns to Coventry

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Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre is providing festive fun for all the family in its magical pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk, which is running on the main stage until Sunday January 5.

Following his spectacular return to the Belgrade stage in last year’s panto, Coventry’s panto legend Iain Lauchlan will don the frocks once again to play Dame Trott.

The action takes place on Dame Trott’s farm in Merrydale, where she lives with her sons Jack and Simon. The credit crunch is really biting as they haven’t a bean to their name; their friendly cow, Daisy, has gone dry and worse still the village is being destroyed by the evil giant Blunderbore.

His wicked henchman Fleshcreep has stolen the magic harp of Merrydale and kidnapped the beautiful Princess. Led by hero Jack, the Trott family embark on an all-out adventure to save the day, retrieve the harp and win the heart of the Princess.

As ever, the tale of Jack and the Beanstalk will be told in true Belgrade style with colourful characters, spectacular scenery, stupendous costumes, slapstick japes and bags of audience participation. Tickets are available now from 024 7655 3055 priced from £13.50 to £22.25 or belgrade.co.uk.