JACK & THE BEANSTALK

 

Music by Georgs Pelecis

Text adapted by Donald Sturrock

 

For narrator/s and symphony orchestra

 

40 minutes

Published by Peters Edition

HIRE ME

"Pelecis responded readily to the story's knockabout drama, delivered by the cast with pantomime gusto, and his sense of orchestral balance was precise"

The Independent

Joanna Lumley - Jack and the Beanstalk
Danny de Vito, Donald Sturrock & Peter Ash - Jack and the Beanstalk rehearsals
Danny de Vito - Jack and the Beanstalk
Danny de Vito & Peter Ash - Jack and the Beanstalk rehearsals
Donald Sturrock & Joanna Lumley - Jack and the Beanstalk rehearsals
Simon Callow & Peter Ash - Jack and the Beanstalk rehearsals
Joanna Lumley - backstage
Jack and the Beanstalk - schools workshops
Jack and the Beanstalk - schools workshops
Jack and the Beanstalk - schools workshops
Jack and the Beanstalk - schools workshops

ORCHESTRATIONS

1-4 Narrator/s

2 (2nd picc) . 2. 2 6 saxes. 2 (2nd contra) / 4.4.3.1./ timp. perc (3) . / strings

 

A chamber ensemble version for 18 players is also available. The work can be presented in staged, semi-staged or concert versions

TRANSLATIONS

Norwegian and German

 

RECORDINGS

TV Premiere as “Revolting Concert”  - BBC National Orchestra of Wales (2000)

 

EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT

Teacher’s Pack, A and C Black Schools Musical

 

For more about Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes:

http://www.roalddahl.com/roald-dahl/stories/1980s/revolting-rhymes

PERFORMANCES

WORLD PREMIERE

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Ash

Royal Festival Hall, 1996

 

US PREMIERE

Buffalo, New York

Ujima Theatre, 1999

 

Jack had its TV Premiere in 2000 as part of the "Revolting Concert" in Cardiff with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

 

The piece has proved very popular in Canada, where the puppet company, Dandi Productions, have toured their entertaining show featuring a 60-foot beanstalk.

Jack and the Beanstalk was premiered in the Royal Albert Hall in December 1996 to a packed and excited audience of 6,000 people, with an all-star cast including Danny DeVito, Joanna Lumley and Simon Callow. The piece was broadcast nationally on Classic FM. It is based on Roald Dahl's version of a traditional fairy-tale from his comic verse collection, Revolting Rhymes. The music is by the Latvian Georgs Pelecis whose work has been championed by many distinguished musicians including Gidon Kremer and Alexei Lyubimov.