Latest news / 4 April, 2016

Union J star Jaymi Hensley to star in White Rock Theatre’s swashbuckling family pantomime Peter Pan!

It has been announced that boyband sensation Jaymi Hensley will take on the high-flying title role in East Sussex’s must-see pirate adventure Peter Pan when it flies into the White Rock Theatre this Christmas.

Having trained at the prestigious BRIT School for Performing Arts Jaymi Hensley joined the boyband Triple J in 2011, a popular trio who entered the ninth series of ITV’s The X Factor. With an additional bandmate the band reformed as Union J winning over the judges and audiences and coming fourth in the annual television talent competition. Since then Union J went on to great success releasing the popular hit singles Carry You, Tonight (We Live Forever) and You Got it All as well as two studio albums, their self-titled top ten album Union J and You Got It All – The Album.

The band embarked on their first UK headline tour in 2013 which saw them travelling the UK to sold out arenas of fans and performing smaller, intimate gigs in last year’s critically acclaimed An Audience with Union J tour. The band were also asked to support The Vamps and international singer Selena Gomez on their international tours , appeared in the comedy film Kick-Ass 2 and released their autobiography Our Story: Union J 100% Official. Outside of the band Jaymi has appeared on the BBC quiz show Pointless Celebrities and Celebrity Come Dine with Me.

Speaking about his role, Jaymi said: “I’m so excited to be doing my first professional pantomime and playing Peter Pan is a life-long dream come true. I can’t wait to fly across the stage and face the evil Captain Hook, although having faced Simon Cowell on the X Factor I’m sure I’ll be just fine.”

One From the Heart producer Daryl Back said: “I’m delighted Jaymi has agreed to take time out of his busy schedule to play the boy who never grew up and lead our fabulous cast in Hastings this year. With his phenomenal voice and experience entertaining audiences Peter Pan is going to be a spectacular show full of laughs, music and magic that can’t be missed.”

Peter Pan is produced by One From the Heart in association with HQ Theatres, the partnership behind the recent White Rock Theatre pantomime successes including Cinderella starring Jessie Wallace and Aladdin starring Louie Spence.

Peter Pan runs from Friday 16 to Saturday 31 December 2016. For tickets and more information visit whiterocktheatre.org.uk or call the box office on 01424 462288.