In her inimitable style, acclaimed writer, director and South Africa’s queen of pantomime Janice Honeyman once again tells the story of poor country boy Jack, the family cow, the magic beans, the enormous beanstalk, the unfriendly giant and the enchanted goose that lays the golden eggs!
Throw in the giant’s henchman – a truly evil panto villain – and the essential good fairy, Janice Honeyman’s Jack and The Beanstalk, a Giant of a Pantomime, will have audiences in awe at the show’s bigger-than-ever-before sheer spectacle and Jack the Joller’s madcap efforts to be our courageous hero.
Not seen on the stage of The Mandela at Joburg Theatre since 2012, this ever popular pantomime story traditionally sets good against evil and is jam packed full of Honeyman wit, double-entendres, charm and magic.
Making his pantomime debut as the villain is actor, comedian, writer, radio and TV host, director and painter Casper de Vries. Casper’s breakthrough satirical play Hello South Africa / Hallo Suid-Afrika started his professional career in 1986. He has since staged numerous one-man shows throughout South Africa, the Netherlands, Canada and even at the famed London Palladium. The four seasons of his CasperRasperShow on kykNET became extremely popular in the last decade. Casper received the Comics’ Choice Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. He has also starred in numerous movies, including Oh Shucks! Here Comes UNTAG, Soweto Green and Snaaks Genoeg. He currently hosts the popular CasperRadioShow every Friday on Cliff Central.
Returning to Joburg Theatre following her triumphant success in the role of Shug Avery in The Color Purple is Lelo Ramasimong as the good fairy. Lelo became a household name in SA when she made it to the Top 10 on Idols. Since then she has performed as a vocalist in major venues across the country and was voted by Seventeen Magazine as the Top Young South African Artist. Lelo’s theatre career has included featured roles in Dreamgirls, African Footprint and Burn the Floor.
The role of Jack the Joller brings back young actor Zolani Shangase to Joburg Theatre. Zolani is currently enjoying popularity in his recurring role on DSTV’s Moja Love in the telenovela Hope. His stage credits include a year in the West End of London with The Lion King – and in South Africa Janice Honeyman’s Aladdin, The Rocky Horror Show, Show Boat, Orpheus in Africa and The Color Purple.
Jack and the Beanstalk is presented by Joburg Theatre and executive producer Bernard Jay and will run on The Mandela stage from October 30th to December 22nd 2019. Tickets are now on sale from R225, with fantastic group discounts available. Call 0861 670 670 or visit www.joburgtheatre.com.