Jack and the Beanstalk

Until Sat 5 Jan 2019

Location: Derby Arena

Running Time: 2 hours 40 minutes - approximate, including any interval(s).

About the event

Starring DUNCAN JAMES as Jack, MORGAN BRIND returning as Dame Trott and BRITAIN'S BEST BADDIE Lawrence Boothman as Cess Pit

Fee Fi Fo Fum, Derby Arena is in for some fun.

The villagers of Dappy Darley on the Derwent are under threat from a ginormous giant!

Poor young Jack has his head in the clouds, but when he sells his beloved cow Pat for just a handful of beans he begins a huge adventure which takes him to new heights.

The team behind the 2017 award winning Beauty and the Beast are back with the BIGGEST panto of them all with marvellous moosic, cow-ntless costumes and an udderly ridiculous dame with giant-sized jokes!

Book now - it’s the perfect treat for the whole family this Christmas.

All Rise for our Jack - Duncan James

Blue singer, West End performer and Hollyoaks actor Duncan James is to headline this year’s #DerbyPanto at Derby Arena.

Britain's Best Baddie as Cess Pitt

We are also pleased to announce that the winner of the Best Baddie award Lawrence Boothman will be starring in this year’s panto. He won the award for his performance as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood at Loughborough Town Hall in 2017. Lawrence will be playing 'Cess Pitt', the Giant's wicked henchman in Jack and the Beanstalk.

VIP Meet the Cast experience

We have a limited number of VIP Meet the Cast experiences for our Sat 15 Dec, 6.30pm performance. The experience includes complimentary programme and your chance to meet the cast in an after-show drinks reception. Tickets are £20 (£12 concessions) on top of the price of your ticket to the show. Select VIP experience tickets after you've selected tickets for the Sat 15 Dec, 6.30pm performance.

Additional essential information

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Why not start off your Christmas Pantomime treat with a choice of great restaurants, right on the doorstep of Derby Arena.

Schools education pack

schools education pack for Jack and the Beanstalk is available to download here.

Prices & Offers

£31.50 - £13.50

Concessions: £29.50 - £13.50

Concessions are typically available to over 60s, under 16s, students, unemployed and disabled people. Click Buy Tickets to see what concessions are available for this event, and for more price information and availability. Children 12 months and over require a ticket, unless otherwise stated. Proof of entitlement to concession may be required on collection of tickets or on entry to the event.

Early bird offer

Discount of £2 per ticket for tickets bought before Thu 1 Nov has already been deducted from the prices displayed on the website. Any other offers (e.g. family ticket or group discount) will be deducted at the checkout.

Advance Programme Offer

Save £1 by buying your panto programme before Thu 1 Nov.

You will be able to purchase your voucher when you click through to your basket screen. Exchange your voucher for a programme at Derby Arena on the day of the performance.


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“the finest pantomime I have ever seen” – artsbeat ★★★★★

“dazzling and thoroughly engaging” – The Stage ★★★★

“it’s a happy, sing-a-long fun night out for the children!” – What’s good to do

"Plenty of laughs for all ages, local references, faaabulous costumes.. the panto dame surpassed herself! Great songs, Duncan off of Blue... what more could you want?!"Lots for Tots

"This has to be the most gag-packed panto in history. With slapstick, schtick, nonsense, spectacle and hilarity – you cannot fail to be wowed by the end." Celebrity RadioYouTube review ★★★★

"With its bouncing energy and a whole heap of panto silliness, Jack and the Beanstalk has the arena buzzing with excitement from start to finish." Buxton Advertiser

Jack and the Beanstalk is spectacular in every sense of the word”  British Theatre Guide

"Entertaining until the very end" Raring 2 Go

Reviews for Beauty and the Beast

“The glittering set was lavish and spectacular….” Artsbeat

“….our cheeks are still hurting from laughing so hard and for so long!” Derby Days Out

“Warm-hearted and lavish panto….” The Stage ★★★★

“Beauty and the Beast was full of humour, gorgeous singing and dancing with a fabulous glittery set and costumes. Highly recommend !!” Boom Magazine Belper

“Boos and hisses in all the right places.” Derby Telegraph

“…a fantastic production full of exuberant and slick performances, local gags galore, laugh-out-loud moments, hilarious slapstick and impressive stunts all bound together with a great storyline that sticks close to the fairy tale that we all know and love.”  Burton Mail

“….a production that is strong on story and offers many a magical moment.” British Theatre Guide