NEWS: Taking root: first full cast read-through for Gaiety’s Jack and the Beanstalk

The full cast and creative team of The Gaiety’s Pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk came together for the first full read-through of the script.

Last week, the cast and creative team enjoyed being together for the nearly-finalised script, working on their character development, musical plans, technical ideas and sowing the seeds for what will prove to be a GIANT of a pantomime.

The Gaiety Theatre, in association with The Coo Shed have teamed up with brand new writing duo Ken Alexander and Fraser Boyle to create the first in-house pantomime since The Gaiety re-opened in 2012. Focusing on local traditions, places and names, The Gaiety are creating a truly Ayrshire pantomime that will give local people a show they can call their own;

We’re very keen that the panto is tailor-made for the theatre and the audience in Ayrshire as well. So it’s going to be set in Ayrshire, in a country village so there will be lots of local references – very topical, we hope. Ken Alexander

The cast, made up of Chris Forbes [Scot Squad], Karen Bartke [Scot Squad], Gavin John Wright [River City], Kirsty Malone [Sunshine on Leith], David McGowan [Trust Me] and Jillian Cunningham, together with full ensemble, will be performing ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ at The Gaiety from Friday 29th November – Sunday 5th January. Tickets are available from The Gaiety Box Office on 01292 288235 or online at

Jack and the Beanstalk

29th November 2019 – 5th January 2020

Main Theatre

£14.00 – £22.00

Family Ticket: £72

Phone: 01292 288235


Box Office: The Gaiety, Carrick Street, Ayr