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!
February 12th 2016 marks Brick Lane Music Hall’s 24th Birthday!
From the early days in Brick Lane, one of the highlights of every year has been our annual pantomime for grown-ups. Looking through the archive, we traced many a special moment, none more so than some of the heart-warming scenes between mother and son…
Back in the day …. Vincent Hayes is Silly Billy in Jack and his Giant Stalk, with his glamorous and loveable mother, Dame Trott, the Late Tommy Osborne.
For several memorable pantomimes, audiences will remember Vincent Hayes and Chris Emmett enjoying a very special mother-son relationship. Seen here together performing a duet in Mother Goosed!
Paul James gamely took on the role of Vincent’s mother one year, in Aladdin. As Widow Twankee, Paul was tasked with the impossible job of keeping son, Wishee Washee, in check. Pictured above Vincent Hayes as Wishee Washee, Paul James as Dame, Widow Twankee, together with her other son, Aladdin himself, played by Andrew Robley.
In our 24th birthday year, audiences are enjoying Vincent, once again, as Jack’s brother, Silly Billy, this time with Andrew Robley playing Mother, in his debut role as Dame.
We hope you enjoy the pantomime this year. And please wish us “happy birthday” and share any Brick Lane Music Hall memories on our special birthday Facebook post on Friday!
We are excited to announce that as part of our celebrations for Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday, which run from April to October, Sixties pop sensation, Anita Harris, will be appearing as our special guest artist in The Sixties show, in May and June.
Anita Harris was part of the pop revolution which made Great Britain the cultural capital of the world. London was officially the most Swinging City during the most Swinging decade – and Anita was one of its icons.
Having had a starry show-business career spanning film, music and television, which has taken her to Vegas and back again, Anita is a consummate performer, with her own inimitable style. As well as her memorable television appearances, pantomime, and roles in the legendary Carry-on films, Anita has made many appearances on the West End stage in theatre and musicals, notably starring as Grizabella in the musical Cats, and appearing in many Royal Variety Performances.
The Sixties show fizzes with fun – and all the familiar songs of the decade – when Britain was just the coolest place on the planet! This is a limited run, so please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Nigel Ellacott and Andrew Robley make a handsome couple backstage at rehearsals and are guaranteed to bewitch and bedazzle on stage in equal measure.
Brick Lane Music Hall pantomime connoisseurs will know Nigel Ellacott well in roles in recent pantomimes such as Betty Swallocks in Big Dick Whittington or Dame Vera Minge in Babes in the Wood. This year, Nigel turns the tables from loveable Dame to panto’ villain in his role as Poison Ivy, the wicked queen!
Andrew Robley has appeared in Brick Lane Music Hall pantomimes in many guises, from Dandini, the Prince’s aid de camp, in Cinderella, to Sherriff Loosebottom in Babes in the Wood. This year, Andrew makes his debut as Dame – playing Jack’s mother, Dame Trott.
Andrew has been ably assisted during rehearsals by Steven Metcalfe who brings years of expertise to bear as wig master and costumier. Steven has set wigs for many years for such stars as Danny La Rue, and will add a note of unmistakeable glamour to our humble housewife.
Pictured above, the entire cast at rehearsals for Jack and his Giant Stalk. You can follow more backstage banter throughout the run in Nigel’s Blog on his definitive pantomime website, www.its-behind-you.com.
Rehearsals are well underway for our 2016 panto’, Jack and His Giant Stalk. Co-written by Paul James and Vincent Hayes, Directed by Vincent Hayes and Designed and Produced by Zara Kattan, there are some familiar faces in the cast. Above, Kate Young right, is Musical Director. From left to right, Chris Draper joins us as Muddles, Dame Trott’s General Factotum…. Hettie Hobbs is Good Fairy, Lottie Johnson plays the title role of Jack. Sam Sadler makes a welcome return as the all-singing, all-dancing Daisy the Cow. Tommy Knapp and Catherine Dennison play Gill’s friends, with Catherine taking on the role of Choreographer and Dance Captain.
Andrew Robley is cast this year as Jack’s mother, Dame Trott, while Rusty Goffe is cast in the role of… well, we should try and keep that a secret a bit longer…
We always love to see pantomime doyen and famous dame, Nigel Ellacott at this time of the year, and here he is getting to grips with his role of Poison Ivy – the wicked fairy…..
And last, but by no means least, Vincent Hayes plays Jack’s brother, Silly Billy, while Lucy Reed makes her Brick Lane Music Hall debut as Jill.
Jack and His Giant Stalk opens on Tuesday January 19th. Don’t miss it!