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Preview: Jack and the Beanstalk at Darlington Hippodrome
DARLINGTON’S PANTO HAS ADDED TALENT!
Jack and the Beanstalk
Friday 6 December 2019 -
Sunday 5 January 2020
Britain’s Got Talent
winner George Sampson joins Shirley Ballas in this year’s giant family pantomime,
Jack and the Beanstalk.
Darlington Hippodrome are
delighted to announce that George
Sampson, Phil Walker and Daniel Taylor are joining Strictly Come Dancing head judge Shirley Ballas in the festive family
pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk from
Friday 6 December.
Starring in the title role
of Jack Trot will be Britain’s Got Talent
winner, George Sampson. The
Warrington-born dancer, presenter, singer and actor rose to fame when he
entered the second series of ITV’s flagship talent show Britain’s Got Talent where he wowed audiences with his impressive
street dance abilities and performance skills, which he showcased in front of
His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall at the Royal
Variety Performance. Since then George has gone on to headline at regular
summer festivals across the UK, host weekend specials at UK resorts, host various
product launches, released his debut single ‘Get Up on the Dance Floor’, and
released his debut dance DVD, Access 2
He continues to dance, but
is now also known for his acting, having starred in the hip-hop musical Into the Hoodz in London’s West End and
in the feature films Streetdance 2
and Streetdance 3D, held roles in Waterloo Road and Casualty for the BBC, starred in Mount Pleasant on Sky One, appeared in The Dumping Ground for CBBC and made his soap debut as Ryan in Emmerdale for ITV. Last year he starred
in the Madness musical Our House and
made his pantomime debut for producers Qdos
Entertainment at the Crewe Lyceum.
Starring as Jack’s hapless
brother Simon will be comedian Phil
Walker. Having started his career as a Butlins redcoat, Phil went on to
forge a successful career as a stand-up comedian, appearing regularly across
the northern club scene and winning accolades including the City Life Comedian
of the Year. Since then he has headlined at comedy clubs across the UK,
entertaining thousands of people every year. He has also starred at the
Edinburgh Fringe, winning rave reviews for his show ‘Is this it?’ and has
entertained over 4,000 troops on two tours of Afghanistan, The Falkland
Islands, Bosnia and Germany. A regular in pantomime, Phil spent 11 years
starring at the King George’s Hall in Blackburn, and the last four years at
Preston’s Guildhall. Jack and the
Beanstalk marks his Darlington Hippodrome debut.
Joining them as the evil
villain Fleshcreep will be actor and comedy writer Daniel Taylor. On stage he is best known for his portrayal of Sammy
in Blood Brothers, Mickey in Down the Dock Road at the Royal Court,
Tommy Cooper in the critically acclaimed The
Tommy Cooper Show and as John Lennon in the off-Broadway production, Lennon - Through a Glass Onion at the
famous Epstein Theatre in his native Liverpool.
Jack and the Beanstalk will be produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer, and the
team behind Darlington’s annual pantomime, who guarantee another must-see production
packed with audience participation, sensational music and even more spectacular
dance routines, jaw-dropping special effects and fantastic festive
entertainment suitable for all ages.
Jake Hine, Executive Producer for Qdos
Entertainment, said: “I’m
thrilled that George, Phil and Daniel will be joining the wonderful Shirley in
Darlington’s pantomime this year. Between the four of them we have every facet
of dance imaginable, hilarious comedy and the ultimate panto villain. Together
they will ensure Darlington can be sure of one of the best pantomimes yet, with
plenty of exciting things planned.”
Director Lynda Winstanley said: “We
are absolutely thrilled to announce that George, Phil and Daniel will be coming
to Darlington Hippodrome to join Shirley Ballas. I’m sure Darlington audiences
will be as excited as we are to see this fantastic cast in action ensuring Jack
and the Beanstalk is another festive, family pantomime success.”
Jack and the Beanstalk runs
at Darlington Hippodrome from Friday 6 December 2019 to Sunday 5 January 2020.
For full details and to book visit www.darlingtonhippodrome.co.ukor call 01325