Beck panto star Ryan the Stalk of the town
Former boy band singer stars in title role at theatre
LEE Ryan from the boy band Blue was in Hayes on Friday to launch his new pantomime (oh yes he was!).
The singer is taking the lead role in Jack and the Beanstalk at the Beck Theatre, from December 11 to January 2.
No stranger to the stage, Lee joined Brit award-winning Blue in 2001 and went on to sell more than 14 million records.
The show will be his panto debut.
Lee was joined for photographs by his onstage mother Dame Trot, who will be played by Neil Bromley, and Daisy The Cow.
Beck Theatre director, Louise Clifford, said: “We were absolutely delighted to welcome Lee and Nigel to the Theatre, which was a fantastic reminder of just how exciting this year’s panto is going to be.
“With some performances already nearly sold out, it really is worth calling the ticket office as soon as you can to guarantee yourself a seat.”
Executive producer Daryl Back added: “I’m delighted to have the vocal and stage talent of Lee Ryan leading this year’s Beck Theatre production.
“Audiences will be in for a real treat with this giant of a show.”
In 2011, and to coincide with their tenth year in the music industry, Blue reformed and represented the United Kingdom in that year’s Eurovision Song Contest with their entry I Can.
In 2013, Blue featured in the ITV2 reality TV show The Big Reunion, which culminated in a sold out performance at the Hammersmith Apollo. Lee and the band released their sixth album this year and are touring the UK.
Neil Bromley is an experienced pantomime dame and has a background in stand-up comedy and joins the cast after playing Widow Twankey at The Beck’s sister theatre, in Hastings, last Christmas.
For tickets and more information, visit beck theatre.org.uk or call the box office on 020 8561 8371.
n BLUE CHRISTMAS: Lee Ryan, as Jack, pictured with Dame Trot (Neil Bromley)