Could Tamworth host one of biggest pantomimes in the country?


Tamworth is set to host one of the biggest pantomimes in the country this December – oh yes it is!

Jack and the Beanstalk will be staged in a giant, purpose-built arena at Statfold Barn Railway, potentially one of if not the only show in the Midlands, and most importantly organisers say the venue will be big enough to make the show “Covid-secure” and allow both audience members and cast to feel safe.

Tamworth Pantomime Company manager Alex Farrell, who will be playing the Dame in his fourteenth local panto, said: “We are so pleased to be able to put the show on in Tamworth after what has been a horrible year for so many of us, and we are really excited for people to see what will probably be the biggest pantomime in the UK!

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“The reason we are able to safely put it on is because of the sheer size of the arena at Statfold Barn Railway; there’s plenty of space in the auditorium to socially distance audience members, there are lots of nice toilets and a large box office and bar area, and the performance itself will take place across multiple stages with some brand new technology never used in a Tamworth pantomime before.

“We are quite literally building a theatre at Statfold Barn Railway specifically for this pantomime, and with the help of industry leaders and an army of volunteers, we are confident that this year’s show will be an experience like no other!

“On stage we will still have some of your old favourites – including Terry Batham as the baddie and panto veteran Olivia Shepherd taking on a comedy role – and we are really excited about a special guest playing the Giant, but we can’t tell you about that yet!”

Jack and the Beanstalk runs from December 11 to 20, 2020.

The “hilarious” pantomime adventure “promises to be Tamworth’s biggest ever show, full of laughter, singing, dancing, special effects – and most importantly – a beanstalk!”

Tickets start at £16 for adults, £12 for children and £50 for a family ticket and can be bought from

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