If you're into your Christmas pantomimes, there's certainly no shortage of ones to see in Hampshire. There's Snow White at the Mayflower Theatre, Aladdin at Groundlings Theatre or Dick Whittington at the Otterbourne Village Hall. But this is a pantomime with a bit of a difference, because instead of watching the local drama club up on stage you'll be watching the doctors, nurses and hospital staff from the Basingstoke Hospital. Each year staff audition for the annual hospital pantomime, putting on a show that's filled with lots of laughs and helps some good causes at the same time.
This year's show is Jack & the Basingstalk, which unsurprisingly tells the classic of Jack and the Beanstalk. There's a cow, some magic beans, and of course a great big giant. The show promises to be great laugh in true panto tradition.
Tickets for the show will be helping to raise money for three local health charities: Ark Cancer Centre Charity, the Pink Place, and the North Hampshire Medical Fund. All of these charities work throughout the year to support both the hospital, its patients and people living in the Basingstoke area.
Tickets are available online from the Anvil Arts website . Tickets are £15 for the evening show, or the matinee is £12 for adults and £7 for children; there is also a £2 booking fee. If you're bringing along the children, make sure you book for the matinee session, the evening show comes with a warning that it may not be appropriate for kids under 16.
Jack & The Basingstalk will be playing at the Haymarket theatre on January 13th at 2:30pm and 7:30pm. The Haymarket is in Basingstoke, about 32 miles outside of Southampton, past Eastleigh and Winchester.