A PANTO streamed online earlier this year is being brought to life to entertain families this October half-term – with hundreds of tickets also being donated to frontline NHS workers in St Helens.

Leading panto producers Regal Entertainments is counting down four weeks until the curtain rises on family favourite Jack and the Beanstalk at St Helens Theatre Royal.

Regal Entertainments kept online audiences entertained at Easter when they went the extra mile to stream their popular seasonal show so families could still watch together at home while the country was in the midst of a national lockdown.

The show proved so popular that theatregoers now have the opportunity to watch it in real life during the October half-term school holidays featuring a cast of St Helens Theatre Royal favourites.

Regal Entertainments and St Helens Theatre Royal wanted to mark the return of live panto to the venue by doing something special – so they are thanking the tireless efforts of frontline NHS workers by donating 500 panto tickets to Whiston and St Helens Hospitals.

Theatre manager and director, Chantelle Nolan, said: “Online audiences absolutely loved Jack And The Beanstalk at Easter; it was different hosting a panto in this way but we had so much fun making it possible. Now we’re counting down the days until we welcome families back to the theatre to experience our lavish and magical pantomimes for themselves.

“After such a tough 18 months, we want to say thank you to the incredibly dedicated frontline NHS workers in our local hospitals by inviting them to join us for the show. They’ve worked tirelessly and we’re all in awe of them – they are real-life heroes. We’re inviting them to take a well-deserved break and join us on a magical journey with Jack and his friends.”

Audiences will join Jack on his journey up the gigantic beanstalk as he discovers geese with golden eggs, a magic harp – and not forgetting a close encounter with a very hungry giant. But he needs to tread carefully, as the villainous Mrs Fleshcreep is hot on his heels, determined to stop him.

Jack and the Beanstalk is at the Theatre Royal from Thursday, October 21 to Sunday, October 31. Book tickets, from £13, at sthelenstheatreroyal.com