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Preview: Jack & The Beanstalk at South Shields Customs House


Jack & The Beanstalk
South Shields Customs House
Tuesday 29th November 2016 - Saturday 7th January 2017

More than 20,000 tickets have already been snapped up for this year’s Customs House panto.

The Jack & The Beanstalk Cast
The milestone figure for Jack and Beanstalk has been achieved a week quicker than last year, and several performances are already virtually sold out.

“It’s great news and quite humbling in a way,” said Customs House Executive Director Ray Spencer MBE, who is once again starring in and directing the show. Ray also co-wrote the panto with long-time collaborator Graeme Thompson.

Ray Spencer MBE
“We can’t wait to get in front of an audience, and it’s thrilling to hear so many tickets have already been sold. We never take our audience for granted and are so grateful for the loyalty of so many panto fans who return year after year to see our show.  Jack and the Beanstalk is a traditional pantomime, but we’re keeping it fresh with some great modern touches which I’m sure our audiences will love.  We’ve long been known as ‘the little panto with the big heart,’ but this year we’ll be the little panto with the giant heart,” said Ray.

The Christmas Eve performance has extremely limited availability, and only a few tickets remain for the evening performance on December 23.

Luke Maddison
Ray will be returning as the Dame, while panto regulars Luke Maddison (Jack) and Steven Lee Hamilton (Fleshcreep) will also also have audiences laughing and singing along. Luke said he was thrilled to be playing Jack: “This will be my fifth Customs House panto and I’m so grateful to have been given my first principal boy role alongside such an amazing cast. The Customs House shows are as special for the cast as the audience – it’s a long run, but we thoroughly enjoy what is a unique production.”

Ray’s daughter Natasha Haws will play the principal girl and Gareth Hunter will play her dad, The Mayor.
Making their debuts in a Customs House panto are David John Hopper as Arbuthnot, the Dame’s son, and Eleanor Chaganis, as the Fairy.

For the seventh consecutive year, the show’s set and costumes will be designed by Paul Shriek and Matt Fox.

Eleanor Chaganis
Ray added: “More than 25,000 people came to see Alice in Wonderland last year and both the critics and audiences loved the show. So we have a lot to do to match last year’s success, but we have a fantastic cast, amazing costumes and set design and some extra touches of panto magic so we’re hoping to match, or even beat, last year’s success.  Tickets are selling really quickly, so book up now as I'd hate anyone to miss out,” he said.

Jack and the Beanstalk is on from
November 29, 2016 to January 7, 2017.
Tickets start from £9.75 and are available from the box office on 0191 454 1234 or by visiting

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