We’re over the moon to welcome the company of Cinderella and the Beanstalk to The Old Market this week, as we prepare for our opening performance on Thursday night. We’ve untangled the fairy lights, donned our festive jumpers, and put the sprouts on a gentle simmer. Look out Christmas, we’re coming to get you!
Cinderella and the Beanstalk is the panto to end all pantos, described by What’s On Stage as “the most fun you’ll have this Christmas… does for pantomime what the Reduced Shakespeare Company did for the Bard, only better.”
Three seemingly unstoppable performers – Tom Gordon, Dami Olukoya and Adam Robertson, together with musician extraordinaire Shamira Turner – recreate over 60 characters from more than a dozen classic stories. With Cinderella, Prince Charming, the Fairy Godmother, the scheming Rumpelstiltskin, and Jack’s pregnant cow all in the fray, there’s anarchy up the beanstalk in this fast-paced family comedy where the laughs come at breakneck speed!
Created by the comedy trio Sleeping Trees with director Tom Attenborough, composer Mark Newnham and associate director Carla Kingham, Cinderella and the Beanstalk was a big audience and critical hit when it premiered at London’s Theatre503 in 2014. Get your laughing gear around this irresistible slice of panto pandemonium at The Old Market this Christmas.
Meet the cast
Tom Gordon Jack, Prince Charming, the Ugly Sisters and more
Tom trained at LAMDA and is as an actor, producer, director and founding member of film collective Good Shout. He recently played Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice at The Courtyard in Hereford, and looks forward to the release of his seventh short film Jak the Lad. Other theatre credits include: City Stories (59E59 NYC; Wilton’s Music Hall), Long Story Short (Charing Cross Theatre; Pleasance Islington), Hay Fever, Fallen Angels (Frinton Summer Theatre), Fair Em (Union Theatre), and The Wind in the Willows (Latitude Festival). Screen credits include: Our Shining Sword (Tin Hat Productions), The Jitterman, The Package, The Tour, Dissociative (Raedar Films) and Temporary Accommodation (Jackson Films).
Dami Olukoya Fairy Godmother, Rumpelstiltskin, Magic Cow and more
Dami graduated from Guildford School of Acting with the Sir John Gielgud award. Most recently Dami made her National Theatre debut in its acclaimed production of Jane Eyre. Other theatre credits include: All or Nothing the Musical (Rock N Roll Productions); Sen in The Waiting Game (Kazzum); The Angel of Death in The Passion (Oxford Castle); The Mercer in The Knave in Grain (The Globe), Lila in Theremin (Actors Centre) and Othello in Othello excerpt (The Globe/ Sam Wanamaker festival). Dami is also a skilled voiceover artist having worked for The BBC, ITV, Coca Cola, Nivea and many others.
Adam Robertson Cinderella, Merlin, the Genie and more
Adam is a performer, facilitator and general theatre guy from Harlow, Essex. He is one third of Milk Presents, an associate company of Derby Theatre and The Bush. Performing credits for Milk Presents include: BULLISH, Self Service, A Real Man’s Guide to Sainthood and Bluebeard: A Fairytale for Adults. Other credits include: Live from Television Centre (BAC & BBC), How Not to Live in Suburbia (Annie Siddons), La Boite Noir & The Incredible Book Eating Boy (Bootworks Theatre Company).
Shamira Turner Musician
Shamira is an actor, musician and theatre-maker; co-director of She Goat; and a founding member of Little Bulb Theatre. Credits include Orpheus (Royal Opera House Linbury Studio, Brisbane Festival, Salzburg Festival), Operation Greenfield (Soho Theatre), Crocosmia, The Marvellous and Unlikely Fete of Little Upper Downing, Sporadical, Goose Party, and Squally Showers (National Theatre Shed). Shamira played Robert 1927’s Golem (Young Vic; Trafalgar Studios; international tour), which enjoyed a hugely successful run at The Old Market in 2015. In 2018 Shamira will be performing in Pilot Theatre & Bryony Lavery’s new production Brighton Rock.
Meet the creative team
Sleeping Trees Writers (pictured)
Formed at University of Chichester in 2009, the multi-award-winning comedy trio Sleeping Trees have been described as ‘the birth child of Monty Python and The League of Gentlemen’ (Time Out). They’ve made nine full-length shows to date, and have just finished an extensive UK tour of Sleeping Trees at the Movies: a trilogy of shows parodying gangster, spaghetti western and science fiction movies. Cinderella and the Beanstalk is one of three Sleeping Trees shows performing in the Southeast this Christmas, including Scrooge and the Seven Dwarves at Theatre503, and the adults-only Sleeping Trees and the Chocolate Factory at Battersea Arts Centre.
Tom Attenborough Director
Tom works as a freelance theatre director in and around London. His first job was as an Assistant Director to Rachel Chavkin on The American Capitalism Project. Since then his career has included work at the National Theatre, Minerva Theatre Chichester, Almeida Theatre, MCS Oxford, The Old Vic, Menier Chocolate Factory, Hampstead Theatre, Theatre Royal Bath, and the West End including: The Shape of Things (The Gallery Soho), The Mountaintop (Derby LIVE), Port Authority (Southwark Playhouse), The President and the Pakistani (Waterloo East Theatre); Cinderella and the Beanstalk (Theatre503); Step 9 (of 12) (Trafalgar Studios); Abigail’s Party (Theatre Royal Bath), The Wasp (Hampstead Theatre & West End transfer), The Whipping Man (Theatre Royal Plymouth) and Dinner with Friends (Park Theatre). In 2016 Attenborough also directed a major UK tour of Noel Coward’s Private Lives, as well as the regional premiere of Untold Stories by Alan Bennett. In March 2017, Attenborough directed the West End debut of Tony award winner Stephen Karam’s play Speech and Debate at London’s Trafalgar Studios.
Mark Newnham Composer
Mark trained as an actor-musician at Rose Bruford College. Theatre credits include: Dave Davies in Sunny Afternoon (UK Tour); Cookie in Return to the Forbidden Planet (UK Tour); Eric Wimp in Bananaman The Musical (Southwark Playhouse); Young John Lennon in Lennon (Royal Court, Liverpool); Steve Marriott in All or Nothing (The Vaults, London); Oxy in Oxy and the Morons (New Wolsey, Ipswich); Simple Simon in Jack and the Beanstalk, Les in Bouncers, Craze in A Passionate Woman (Queens Theatre, Hornchurch); Freddy in Up in the Attic (Floods of Ink); William Watson in Horrible Christmas (Birmingham Stage Company); Jamie in Last Five Years (Brighton Fringe); John Lennon/Hells Angel in Hot Stuff (Oldham Collesium); George in A Real Mans Guide to Sainthood (Milk Presents…); Mischief Maker/Composer in The Curators Daughter (Trailblaze Theatre); Jamal in Moon and Genie, Underwater Boy in Scrub a Dub (Half Moon Theatre); Sebastian, Trinculo and Boatswain in Tiny Tempest (Mini Mall Theatre Company).
Carla Kingham Associate Director
Credits include: Isaac Came Home from the Mountain (Theatre503), No Place Like Hope (Old Red Lion); Sea Fret (Old Red Lion, HighTide Festival); You’re Human Like the Rest of Them (Finborough); Bi (Rich Mix); After the Heat We Battle for the Heart (VAULT Festival); No Border (Theatre503, Oxford Playhouse, Nuffield Theatre). Associate Direction: Les Misérables (Wermland Opera House, Sweden); Lotty’s War (UK Tour). Assistant Direction: Sex With Strangers (Hampstead Theatre). Carla is a script reader for Theatre503 and The Bush.