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Off Balance: Oh yes he is! PwC CFO takes to the stage for annual panto

This year marked the 30th anniversary of PwC’s annual pantomime, with the entirety of the production formed of its staff. Warwick Hunt, the firm’s CFO joined in with the fun yesterday to help mark the occasion.

The unique charitable production is a must-see for many in the accountancy profession, ever since its first production back in 1987, with the PwC team performing the classic Disney tale Cinderella.

This year it was Jack and the Beanstalk, which was apt as there were a number of bean counters in the audience – one of the many jokes which appeared in the cleverly-written script.

The production was not your typical pantomime that can be found in your local church or town hall. The actors were supported by a brilliant orchestra (all of whom are PwC employees) who kept up the tempo with their takes on melodic pop tunes like One Republic’s Counting Stars, Miley Cyrus’s The Climb and Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk.

Despite PwC having over 200,000 employees to choose from, the firm’s C-suite execs weren’t afraid to get stuck in and take to the stage. CFO Warwick Hunt kicked off proceedings with a skit alongside “Fairy of the Year” Alecia Putt.

Each night a different board member takes on the cameo, with appearances from UK chairman Ian Powell, head of clients and markets Dan Schwarzmann, head of strategy Richard Oldfield, head of deals John Dwyer, regions chief Stephanie Hyde and head of consulting Ashley Unwin.

Other sketches included appearances from fast growth companies leader Brian Henderson (see below), who was part of the excellent ensemble.

Hunt also capped off the evening by awarding Putt and her character Fairy Ida Noh with “Fairy of the Year 2016” as well of reminding people what the evening is all about.

Each year PwC chooses a different charity to donate all its proceeds to, and this year the finance group has chosen national children’s literacy charity Beanstalk, which is also very close to the heart of Financial Director‘s very own Chris Warmoll.

The production ends its six-day run on Saturday with a matinee performance that is sure to be fun for people of all ages. FD is already looking forward to next year’s show which is sure to be a hit.

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