Catford’s Broadway Theatre is set to host its first panto show in three years since closing before the pandemic.

This year the theatre will be running the new Jack and the Beanstalk, written and directed by award-winning Susie McKenna, and featuring Lewisham-born Durone Stokes.

This year marks the first panto to play at the popular Catford Theatre since it closed for refurbishments before the pandemic in 2019.

On February 12, 2023 the Broadway Theatre in Catford opened its doors for the first time since it closed in 2020 due to Covid restrictions.

During that time £7 million was invested in improving and refurbishing the Grade II listed building.

The restoration included upgrading the seating, the installation of a new bar area, improved accessibility facilities and new digital signage for the front of the building.

The new production is set to begin its run from Friday, December 15 up until Sunday, December 31.

News Shopper: Jack and the Beanstalk castJack and the Beanstalk cast (Image: Steve Ullathorne)

Susie McKenna’s retelling of this classic fairy-tale is set in the “Kingdom of Lewishfarm" where the residents are noticing a huge wealth divide.

In this kingdom the townsfolk are tormented by Giant Egred and his henchman Boris the Cockroach, played by Ben Fox.

The story follows Jack, played by Durone Stokes, and his mum, played by Evelyn Hoskins, on their journey.

They are also joined by Jack's cow, by the name of Caroline, who is on a mission to become the next TikTok sensation.

Jack and the Beanstalk is the first in a five-year partnership between Joy Productions and Broadway Theatre to programme its annual pantomime.

Over 8,500 tickets will be priced at £10 to ensure the message of “accessibility, inclusivity and diversity” according to Lewisham Council.

News Shopper: Jack & The Beanstalk castJack & The Beanstalk cast (Image: Steve Ullathorne)

Writer and director Susie McKenna said: “Pantomime has been a huge part of my career for 40 years, not least my 22 years at the helm of the critically acclaimed Hackney Empire panto.

“After a break of three years from the genre, I am over the moon and excited to be embarking on a new Pantomime adventure at the beautiful Broadway theatre, working with Joy Productions.

“I can’t wait to create a show for the area that truly reflects the dynamic energy and diversity of this community - something every generation can feel true pride in.”