The Lyric pantomime began its life in 2009 with Jack and the Beanstalk as part of Sean’s first season as Artistic Director. With its very first panto, written by Richard Bean, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, Joel Horwood, Ché Walker and directed by Steve Marmion, with Stephen Fry as the voice of the giant - the Lyric firmly put Hammersmith on the London panto map with flying carpets, singing cows and dancing rats. Mel Giedroyc, Vikki Stone and Stevie Webb have all joined the Lyric’s pantomime over the years to sing ‘Glory Glory Hammersmith’. The pantomime has launched many new careers through the Panto Ensemble, a group of young performers given training and the experience of taking to the stage to perform, many in their first paid professional roles. Previous ensemble members have included Nathan Byron who has appeared in Benidorm, Krystal Dockery who after the ensemble went on to play the title role in Cinderella at the Lyric and Jamael Westman who plays the title role in Hamilton in the West End.