NEWS: Blue Peter legend Peter Duncan launches Panto Online to raise funds for charity

The critically acclaimed actor, director and Panto Dame is planning his biggest and best “Here’s One I Made Earlier” challenge with a pantomime filmed entirely on location (his garden!)

This Christmas, from 4 December, Panto Online will stream ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ directly into homes for the perfect family treat. Join in and enjoy this new online planet-saving pantomime packed with songs, laughter and great spectacle. Peter has assembled a talented cast of actors and top creative team and is using his own massive back garden in South London to film ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, a socially distanced pantomime complete with ingenious sets, fabulous costumes and even a real beanstalk!

Giant Blunderbore (Yuval Shvartsman) is in a terrible rage. He shouts from above threatening to eat any villager who won’t pay their rent. Poor Dame Trott (Peter Duncan) has to sell her precious cow ‘Buttercup’ and sends her son Jack (Sam Ebeneezer) to the cow market. All he comes back with is a worthless bag of beans. Jill (Sarah Moss) the daughter of the grumpy Squire (Ian Talbot) is kidnapped by the Giant’s dogsbody Fleshcreepy (Jos Vantyler) and taken to the castle in the clouds. Will Jack be the hero, climb the beanstalk, rescue his girlfriend and save the world from the human chomping ogre. Only the magical Garden Fairy (Nicola Blackman) knows the answer to that….

And as if that wasn’t enough people packed into Peter’s back garden (which must really be massive!) the cast also includes Josh Freeman (Wolf Beast) and ensemble members Charlie Booker, Matthew Dawkins, Daisy English, Bessy Ewa, Ben Westhead, Morgan Wilcox. 

“It is a national tragedy that pantomimes in theatres across the land have been cancelled this year. Panto is as much a part of Christmas as turkey and all the trimmings, Father Christmas and Carols.”

Peter Duncan

The creative team comprises Peter Duncan (Writer/Director), Ian Talbot (Executive Producer/Director), Denise Silvey (Producer/Production Manager), Colin Cattle (Musical Director), Julia Redburn (Choreographer), Peter Humphrey (Set & Props Design), Luke Roberts (Peter Humphrey), Matthew Case (Sound), David Morgan (Wardrobe Master/Costume Maker) Annie Francis (Production Coordinator), Kevin Wilson (Publicist), Emma Martin (Marketing) and Daisy English (Assistant to the Producer).

Profits from Panto Online will be supporting six fantastic charities and youth projects:

POhWer (
Clothe Me – Thank you (
British Youth Music Theatre (
Prost8 (
Scouts (
Best Beginnings (

Tickets are now on sale at for a special early bird price of £15. The panto will be available for you to watch as many times as you want between December 4 and January 10.