The cast of Jack and his Giant Stalk waved a fond farewell on Saturday night to a lively crowd, including Brick Lane Music Hall friends and supporters Jess Conrad, who came with his wife Rennee, and Roy and Debbie Hudd, pictured below with Vincent Hayes.
Led by Vincent Hayes, the cast had as much fun as the audience – pictured below, Vincent (aka Silly Billy) with Andrew Robley, making his first ever appearance as Dame, and Chris Draper, who played Muddles.
Lottie Johnson played a starring role as Jack alongside Lucy Reed, making her Brick Lane Music Hall debut as Jill.
Nigel Ellacott was magnificent as the maleficent Poison Ivy. Pictured below, Nigel with the Evil Demons, Tommy Knapp, Sam Sadler and Catherine Dennison who kept the action going with her upbeat choreography.
Ensuring there would be a happy-ever-after, was Hettie Hobbs, who made a mellifluous Brick Lane Music Hall pantomime debut as Fairy Good.
Adding more musicality was Rusty Goffe who bravely took on the role of our cut-price reduced-sized evil Giant. He managed to give us a tune before being soundly defeated and banished from panto’ land.
Few pantomimes would be complete without a dancing animal or two, and this year Sam Sadler was back by popular demand playing Daisy the cow.
Jack and his Giant Stalk is being packed away to make way for the Irish Music Hall show which opens on Friday! The show will see the return of Brick Lane Music Hall regulars, Paul James, Bill Byrne and Ross Tomlinson. The line-up, led by Vincent Hayes, will also include Andrew Robley, Catherine Dennison, Hettie Hobbs and Lucy Reed, who will be putting on their Irish dancing shoes for one of the liveliest shows of the year with all the wonderful songs and comedy you would expect from that most emerald of isles.
So that’s all from pantoland this year. But you can be sure we’ll be back again next January – booking now for 2017 – when Brick Lane Music Hall presents Schlepping Beauty!
You know you have made it when there is a knitted version of you. The original Oompa Loompas from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory still have a tremendous following, including worldwide conventions and a contingency of fans, with make-up tutorials and fancy dress costumes available, not to mention knitted and crocheted versions!
The leading Oompa Loompa, as pictured above, was none other than Rusty Goffe. Pictured in a scene from the film in 1970 and below with Gene Wilder (he is the Oompa Loompa on the left).
Though the film was first made in 1970, the original Oompa Loompas are still revered all over the world. Pictured below, Rusty at a recent convention in New York – with some of the many fans who dressed as Oompa Loompas for the occasion.
Rusty is also well known for his roles in Star Wars and Harry Potter films. Spot Rusty in the line-up of Jack and his Giant Stalk, where we can now reveal, he takes on the role of the scary Evil Giant …. Jack and his Giant Stalk plays until Saturday, March 5th.
With St Patrick’s Day less than a month away – we are getting ready to party! St Patrick’s is such a special time at Brick Lane Music Hall. We wanted to share a few customer comments from previous shows.
Wow! – what a wonderful time we all had. We could not fault one thing. Such a lovely atmosphere.
Molly Mann, Writtle Travel Group
Great show, IT WAS FANTASTIC. All of the performers did a fantastic job. I have been to Brick Lane Music Hall many times but today’s show was the best I have ever seen. Clive Bushell, GRAVARA
What a breath of fresh air…. just fun…. Thank you, Thank you! Sylvia Lillywhite
What a wonderful antidote to the cold weather your Irish party was. We all came out absolutely glowing from laughing so much. This is my fourth visit and the shows just get better each time. Doris Grimsley, Abbey Wood and Thamesmead U3A
100% Terrific Mike Thorpe, Melody Tours
This year we are presenting a special Irish Music Hall Show to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, with all the fun of previous shows, some of our favourite songs, and plenty more besides – March 11th – 18th – make sure you’re there!
A great time was had by all at Brick Lane Music Hall as we celebrated our 24th Birthday this weekend. Many friends came to the show or sent their birthday wishes.
Pictured above, backstage on Saturday night with Christopher Biggins and John Barr.
We also celebrated with a special backstage video made by Chris Draper, who plays Muddles in the panto’.
Click to view: http://youtu.be/HbA14ceWP-8