PwC celebrates 30 years of charity panto with a ‘giant’ of a show
Published at 12:27 PM on 21 January 2016
Over 200 employees from professional services firm PwC will be swapping ‘bean counting’ for treading the boards as they hit the West End stage this week in a sell-out run of Jack and the Beanstalk for the firm’s 30th annual charity panto production.
What started out 30 years ago as three shows at the Chaucer Theatre, is now a full scale theatrical event that runs for eight shows in London’s Peacock Theatre and a regional tour, which takes place in Birmingham this year.
Eight thousand children will see the show this year thanks to a free ticket scheme funded by the firm and distributed through inner city schools and charities. It is often the first and only chance these children get to see a show in the West End. More than 130,000 children in total have seen the PwC panto during its three decade history.
The pantomime is entirely produced and performed by PwC staff and alumni who work on all aspects of the production in their spare time – from acting, singing, dancing and directing to costume design, make-up, lighting, sound, backstage crew and playing in the band.
This year’s cast includes staff from right across the firm, and of all different grades. Jack, Jill and Dame Dottie Stropp are swapping their day jobs in the firm’s tax, legal and deals teams respectively, to take on their new characters.
Kevin Ellis, PwC's managing partner, said:
“For three decades the show has given children, families, staff, and clients the chance to see accountants swap spreadsheets for the spotlight. The PwC panto is more than a piece of theatre. It’s a great example – albeit a noisy, glittery one - of our broad commitment to education and social mobility through long-term partnerships with charities and schools. It is also a great chance for our people to use their talents in different ways, while giving something back and making a real impact in the communities in which they live and work.
“I want to thank all our staff and alumni who give up their time to bring laughter and fun to children in the capital and across the UK.”
This year’s pantomime’s chosen charity is Beanstalk, a national literacy charity that recruits, vets, trains and supports volunteers to work in primary schools with children who have fallen behind in their reading.
The PwC panto is just one aspect of PwC’s wider community contribution. In 2015, 5,405 of our people (nearly a third of our UK workforce) volunteered their time – benefitting some 18,000 people.
Notes for editors.
1. For more information or photos please contact Amy Tiernan, PwC media relations, [email protected] or 020 7804 0556.
2. You can find out more about PwC’s contribution to the community in our annual report: https://www.pwcannualreport.co.uk/our-corporate-impact/community
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