Yankl & Der Beanstalk revives Yiddish Panto with their own LGBTQ+ friendly twist at Manchester Jewish Museum
On Thursday 2 December Manchester Jewish Museum will be transported to the magical lands of Brick Lane and Hampstead with a bawdy and infectiously fun take on classic Yiddish pantomime ‘Yankl & Der Beanstalk’.
Eclectic artist collective Sam Ranger, Tamara Micner and Emily Rose, accompanied by a small troupe of colourful performers, will give an adult twist to the Yiddish Pantomime tradition with their riotous, raucous and irreverent pantomime-in-progress.
It tells the story of Yankl, 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!?
You can expect Yiddish translations of your favourite songs (Bohemian Rhapsody anyone?) and all the Panto traditions you could wish for as the troupe read scenes from their new script, perform a selection of musical numbers, and, of course, plenty of audience interaction!
Yankl & Der Beanstalk is part of the museum’s inaugural Synagogue Nights season of intimate events in their beautiful Grade II* listed Spanish and Portuguese synagogue. Continuing in to early 2022 with Israel world-jazz music artist Noga Ritter, this season brings the historic building to life with events that explore different Jewish identities and stories.