Latest news / 9 May, 2019



Scottish Actor Jonathan Watson is to return to the King’s Theatre pantomime as he joins the previously announced First Lady of Scottish Pantomime Elaine C Smith and Scottish comedian Johnny Mac in Jack and the Beanstalk from Saturday 30 November 2018 until Sunday 5 January 2020.

The Only an Excuse star will play the role of the King with Two Doors Down favourite Elaine C Smith and comedy veteran Johnny Mac stepping into the roles of Dame Trot and Jack’s brother respectively.
Jonathan Watson is no stranger to the stage having starred in numerous productions over the years, including Cinderella at the King’s in 2005, and The National Theatre of Scotland’s production of Yer Granny; and Birmingham Rep’s production of Douglas Maxwell’s The Whip Hand - seen at last year’s Edinburgh Festival.
Jonathan said: “I’m delighted to be returning to the King’s panto and thrilled to be joining the Queen of Scottish panto (and one of my favourite neighbours from Two Doors Down) Elaine and working with Johnny for the first time. They’re a great pair.
“It’s a real badge of honour to play the King’s given its panto history. Panto is very special, it’s hard work but the payoff you get performing in front of a live audience over the Christmas period is truly magical.”
The King’s Theatre pantomime will be produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer, for the third year.
Packed with all of the traditional ingredients King’s Theatre audiences have come to expect Jack and the Beanstalk will be bursting with stunning costumes, special effects and plenty of boos and hisses.
Jack and the Beanstalk tells the tale of the Trott family and their trusty cow. Join them as Jack fights to save the beautiful princess, outwit the evil giant and win riches beyond his wildest dreams along with the hand of the girl he loves.
One of Scotland’s best-known actresses and comedy entertainers, Elaine C Smith has starred in numerous roles in popular television and theatre shows throughout her career. From television shows City Lights, Naked Video and Rab C. Nesbitt to stage appearances as Susan Boyle in the musical I Dreamed a Dream and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. Elaine can currently be seen in the third series of the critically-acclaimed BBC Scotland sitcom Two Doors Down as Christine.
Johnny Mac made his King’s debut in Sleeping Beauty three years ago, establishing a finely tuned comedy partnership with Elaine C Smith. The award-winning funny man has been starring pantomimes across the country for more than 15 years and regularly entertains across the globe on cruise ships and in holiday resorts. He has performed summer seasons at the famous Hippodrome in Great Yarmouth for the past eight years. Johnny also plays one-half of Francie and Josie in a critically-acclaimed tribute to Rikki Fulton and Jack Milroy.