Manchester Jewish Museum

A Yiddish Panto-in-progress
Yankl and Der Beanstalk



Our Synagogue


£6 full, £5 concessions

Yankl & Der Beanstalk: A Yiddish Pantomime-in-progress
Writers: Emily Rose Simons, Tamara Micner
Producer: Bear in the Air Productions
Director: Samuel Ranger
Performers: Dex Grodner, Guy Woolf, Tash Karp, Tanya Truman, Ray Filar
Funded by Arts Council England


Yankl is a hapless pickle-seller who lives with his mum off Brick Lane. One day Yankl swaps some pickles for some beans, climbs a beanstalk and ends up in… Hampstead?!

Eclectic artist collective Sam Ranger, Tamara Micner and Emily Rose, accompanied by a troupe of colourful performers, give an adult twist to the Yiddish Pantomime tradition with their riotous, raucous and irreverent take on a pantomime classic. Expect Yiddish translations of your favourite songs and all the Panto troupes you could wish for.

A Yiddish Pantomime-in-progress, you’ll be thrown into Pantoland with a reading of the script, a sing through of several musical numbers (including a Yiddish version of Queen & David Bowie’s Under Pressure) and an open discussion with the cast and creatives afterwards.

Make sure you warm up your voice as audience participation is more than encouraged and prepare to laugh. A lot.

What you need to know

This is a work in progress with script in hand reading and singing with a discussion afterwards. This show (whilst hilarious) contains some sensitive content including sexual innuendo and some political satire.

Doors Open from 6pm, performance 7pm – 8.30pm including post show discussion.

The bar will be selling alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks before and after the event.

The synagogue has dedicated seating areas for wheelchair users, please do contact the box office ahead of the event to arrange on

Watch a preview of their cover of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’:

About Bear in the Air Productions

Bear in the Air Productions is an Essex based production company that specialises in traditional pantomimes. They are very excited to partner with Emily Rose Simons and Tamara Micner to create a pantomime set in Jewish culture.
Instagram: @yanklpanto

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