Sneaky peek of cast of UK’s biggest pantomime at Birmingham Hippodrome in full costume!

Earlier this week we welcomed the full company of our pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk including our wonderful cast Jane McDonald (Enchantress)  Duncan James (Jack), Chris Gascoyne (Fleshcreep), Gary Wilmot (Dame Trot), Paul Zerdin (Simple Simon) and Matt Slack (Silly Billy) with Robyn Mellor as Princess Apricot.

They started to arrive from last Sunday and once the set was  finished being built the company went straight into rehearsals on stage.

At the moment (18 Dec pm) the first full  technical run through is taking place to ensure everything works and everyone knows where they need to be on stage, from lighting to sets, to special effects and of course the amazing 3D.   It really is going to be a big show!

Before the Tech we invited members of the media to attend a photocall on stage with the cast  (look out for pictures in the Express and Star, Post and Mail, nationals and BBC Midlands Today).

Tonight the company perform their first full dress rehearsal and we can’t wait to see it.

Here’s a sneaky peek of the full cast in costume taken today.  (photographer: Simon Hadley)

Jack and the Beanstalk opens tomorrow 19 December and runs until 1 February.    Click here to book tickets.


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Behind the scenes at UK’s biggest pantomime Jack and The Beanstalk opens Birmingham Hippodrome 19 December


We recently went to visit the London rehearsals of Jack and the Beanstalk.  Have a look at the rehearsal shots  of our wonderful cast including Jane McDonald, Duncan James, Chris Gascoyne, Gary Wilmot, Matt Slack and Paul Zerdin.  We’re really looking forward to the opening on 19 December – from what we saw it’s going to be really funny and Jane’s voice is amazing! #brumpanto

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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