PERFORMANCES have started of this year's pantomime of Jack and the Beanstalk at The Courtyard in Hereford.

With a heavy Hereford slant, local audiences can expect plenty of familiar references and Herefordshire based jokes in The Courtyard’s pantomime with shows taking place from now until Saturday, January 8.

Pictures by Russell Lewis Photography

Hereford Times:

'This Christmas audiences will have the climb of their life at The Courtyard’s giant pantomime performance of Jack and the Beanstalk.

'Jack and his mum are down on their luck and when Jack reluctantly sells his beloved cow, all he gets in return is a measly bag of beans.

'When a huge beanstalk appears in the garden, Jack realises that they were no ordinary beans and an extraordinary adventure is about to begin.

Hereford Times:

'Join The Courtyard on this magical journey filled with adventure, magic beans and catchy musical numbers. Featuring several Courtyard favourites, including Emily Connor (Jill), Madeline McMahon (Detective Constable Fairy), and Ellis Kerkhoven (this year’s villain) and welcoming back the production dream team Estelle van Warmelo and Lyndsay Maples as director and writer.'

Hereford Times:

There will be a Relaxed Performance, suitable for individuals with autism spectrum conditions, learning difficulties or sensory and communication difficulties, on Monday, January 3 at 10.30am.

There will also be a Dementia Friendly performance on Tuesday, January 4, at 2pm (doors will open from 1pm).

Hereford Times:

The Courtyard Audio Description Association (CADA) will be audio describing a performance next Saturday (December 11) at 2pm and a British Sign Language signed performance will take place next Sunday (December 12) at 6.30pm.

A selection of shows will be sold socially distanced for those would feel more comfortable.

Hereford Times:

For more information about The Courtyard’s socially distanced performances, contact Box Office on 01432 340555.

To book tickets, or for more information contact the Box Office on 01432 340555 or visit