Jack and the Beanstalk
At The Court Theatre, Christchurch
18 – 28 January, 2017

Adapted by Brendon Bennetts
Directed by Dan Bain
By arrangement with Playmarket
Supported by Christchurch City Council and Mainland Foundation

The Court Theatre is ready to take the kids of Christchurch on an exciting adventure this summer in Jack and the Beanstalk.

This energetic production brings to life all of the famous and much loved characters you will remember from the original tale: the daring and adventurous Jack, his best friend Daisy the Cow and of course Blunderbore the hungry giant at the top of the beanstalk.

The show boasts a cast of three pedigree performers – Zak Enayat who plays Jack, along with Amy Straker and Henri Nelis who will play the various characters Jack meets on his adventure.

Brendon Bennetts’ sophisticated adaptation is a charming take on the original that will delight and engage audiences young and old.

The delightfully clever production is directed by Dan Bain, who had the pleasure of playing Daisy the Cow in The Court’s 2010 production.

“I arrived at the theatre having graduated from Clown school, so I had right skill set for playing a silent character. When playing Daisy, these skills worked really well as I could develop the character in the most animated way possible. Henri Nelis plays Daisy in this production and it’s absolutely delightful to watch another very skilled silent physical performer do justice to the role and have as much fun with it as I did,” says Bain.

The production is pulled together by the wonderful set design by Harold Moot, engaging video elements by Andrew Todd and costumes by Deborah Moor to create Jack’s world from the bakery and right up the beanstalk.

Jack and the Beanstalk will also include a Relaxed Performance on January 28th, designed to welcome those who will benefit from a more informal environment, including people with an Autism Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders or a learning difficulty. There will be a relaxed attitude to noise and movement during the performance, and some small changes will be made to the light and sound effects. The auditorium will have a smaller than usual capacity so patrons will be able to move around more easily. There will also be a chill-out area available in the foyer.

Jack and the Beanstalk opens 18 January, 2017 and is recommended for ages 4-8


  • Zak Enayat: Jack
  • Amy Straker: Jack’s Mum / Magical Singing Harp / Beanstalk
  • Henri Nelis: Blunderbore the Giant / Daisy the Cow


  • Dan Bain: Director
  • Harold Moot: Set Designer
  • Deborah Moor: Costume Designer
  • Sean Hawkins: Lighting Designer/ Lighting and Sound Operator
  • Hamish Oliver: Sound Designer
  • Christy Lassen: Properties Co-ordinator
  • Andrew Todd: AV Designer
  • Ruth Love: Stage Manager

Starting Times: Mon. – Fri. 11am and 1pm. Sat. 11am only.

Relaxed Performance: 1pm Saturday 28th January

Tickets: Child $10. Adult: $15. Caregivers Required.

Booking Details: 963 0870 or visit www.courttheatre.org.nz