Jack and the Beanstalk

Birmingham Hippodrome
Hurst Street
B5 4TB

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Box Office: 0844 338 5000

From 19 December 2014 until 1 February 2015.


  • Jane McDonald
  • Duncan James
  • Chris Gascoyne
  • Gary Wilmot
  • Paul Zerdin
  • Matt Slack

Giant cast announced for Great Britain’s most popular pantomime production

6 June 2014

Following a record-breaking production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs last Christmas, Birmingham Hippodrome is delighted to announce one of the biggest bills ever for the forthcoming family pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk which runs from Friday 19 December 2014 – Sunday 1 February 2015.

Britain’s most popular pantomime will this year be headed by JANE MCDONALD, DUNCAN JAMES and CHRIS GASCOYNE, alongside the comedy trio of GARY WILMOT, PAUL ZERDIN and MATT SLACK, who were a huge hit with audiences in Snow White.

Jane McDonald, singer, actress and broadcaster, who will play the role of The Enchantress, quickly rose to fame and became a national treasure when she hit our screens in the popular BBC documentary, The Cruise. Since then Jane has released several award-winning albums, toured the UK with her own shows, appeared on countless TV programmes, and from 2004 to earlier this year, hosted Loose Women. Jane released her latest album Singer of Your Song in March and is currently on tour around the UK. Jack and the Beanstalk marks Jane’s panto debut.

Playing the title role of Jack is singer, songwriter, television presenter, actor and all-round entertainer Duncan James. Best-known as a member of the band Blue, which reformed in 2009 following a four-year break, Duncan has appeared in the West End in Chicago and Legally Blonde, and has appeared on numerous television programmes, including Soapstar Superstar, and Dancing on Ice where he made it to the final.

Chris Gascoyne, who plays Fleshcreep, is best-known for his role as Peter Barlow in Coronation Street. Nominated for numerous awards in the British Soap Awards his television character is currently involved in one of the biggest storylines on the Street for the past few years. Chris has also appeared in Between the Lines, Soldier Soldier and New Street Law.

Back by popular demand following their hilarious antics in last year’s Hippodrome pantomime, Gary Wilmot plays Dame Trot, Paul Zerdin plays Simple Simon, and Matt Slack takes on the role of Silly Billy.

Staged by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s largest pantomime producer, Jack and the Beanstalk is directed by Michael Harrison who created last year’s record-breaking pantomime at the Theatre.

“We are thrilled that Jane, Duncan and Chris will lead the country’s biggest pantomime.” said Michael. “The sensational and outstanding cast, combined with stunning sets, fabulous costumes and top-drawer production values will make Jack and the Beanstalk another unmissable Birmingham Hippodrome pantomime.”

Stuart Griffiths, Chief Executive, Birmingham Hippodrome commented “We are delighted to be working with Qdos Entertainment and Michael Harrison once again to build on last year’s record-breaking success with one of the biggest star bills ever assembled, promising great music and comedy in a magical production as spectacular as ever.”
Jack and the Beanstalk runs at Birmingham Hippodrome from Friday 19 December 2014-Sunday 1 February 2015. Performance times vary, enquire when booking.

Captioned performances: Sun 4 Jan 1pm, Wed 7 Jan 7.15pm. Signed performances: Sun 11 Jan 1pm & 5pm. Audio described performances: Wed 14 Jan 2pm.

Tickets: £14 - £40 and are available online www.birminghamhippodrome.com or telephone 0844 338 5000. 5% transaction charge applies (excl. cash sales in person) plus postage from £1. Phone calls from 5p per minute. Prices and discounting subject to change.

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