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News: Jack and the Beanstalk at South Shields Customs House

New Fairy Gets Her Wish Granted

Jack and the Beanstalk
South Shields Customs House
Tuesday 29th November 2016 to Saturday 7th January 2017

The roles have been reversed as a north east panto has granted a wish to its new fairy.

Eleanor Chaganis
The Customs House in South Shields launched its Find the Fairy search to discover a new star for its annual pantomime. London-based actress Eleanor Chaganis will be casting a spell over pantoland after winning the role in the theatre’s show, Jack and the Beanstalk.

The 24-year-old Guildford School of Acting graduate, originally from
South Shields, is looking forward to being part of ‘The Little Panto with the Big Heart’. She said: “I can’t wait to play the fairy in The Customs House panto. It’s my first big panto role and I’m delighted to be in my hometown.”

Eleanor is no stranger to The Customs House stage having played Maggie in last year’s smash hit Geordie the Musical (Geordie Musical Review LINK) and the venue’s under seven’s Christmas favourite Santa’s Naughty Elf.

Ray Spencer MBE
Customs House
 Executive Director Ray Spencer MBE, who also co-writes, directs and stars in the show, said: “We’re really pleased to have Eleanor on board this year for Jack and the Beanstalk. It’s great to once again give an opportunity to local talent in their hometown theatre.”

Auditions took place back in May but the panel were so impressed with the calibre they held call backs before choosing Eleanor for the role.  Ray added: “We’ve held open auditions before and have cast Rosie Ramsey, who now presents on Capital Radio, and West Endactress Jamie Birkett who is currently in Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens in London. I’m sure Eleanor will also go on to do great things.”

Jack and the Beanstalk, sponsored by Hays Travel,
 runs from November 29 to January 7. Tickets are on sale now from £9.75 and more than 9,000 have already been snapped up. For tickets or more information contact the box office on 0191 454 1234 or visit

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