It’s probably going to be the hottest day of the year today but that doesn’t stop us from announcing the glittering cast for this year’s pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk.

We’re delighted that songstress  Jane McDonald has chosen the Hippodrome to make her panto debut as The Enchantress.   Jane is best remembered for Loose Women and the hit TV series  The Cruise.   Jane said today  “I am so excited to be going in at the top with Britain’s biggest panto as my first.”

Birm-Jack-web-239-x-218-newPlaying the role of Jack is Duncan James from the band Blue who has already appeared in the West End in Chicago and Legally Blonde and also made it to one of the finals of Dancing on Ice.    And, quite fitting as Fleshcreep is Chris Gascoyne,  the cheating Peter Barlow from Coronation St who is currently involved in one of the soap’s biggest storylines on the Street for the past few years.

The panto will also feature Gary Wilmot,  Paul Zerdin and Matt Slack who were such a hit with audiences in Snow White earlier this year.

Staged by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s largest pantomime producer, Jack and the Beanstalk is directed by Michael Harrison who created last year’s record-breaking pantomime at the theatre.

“We are thrilled that Jane, Duncan and Chris will lead the country’s biggest pantomime.” said Michael. “The sensational and outstanding cast, combined with stunning sets, fabulous costumes and top-drawer production values will make Jack and the Beanstalk another unmissable Birmingham Hippodrome pantomime.”

For further information and tickets click here  #brumpanto

Say hi and follow our panto cast on twitter: @TheJaneMcDonald  @MrDuncanJames   @GaryWilmotactor    @paulzerdin   @mattslack123


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