Beck panto star Ryan the Stalk of the town

For­mer boy band singer stars in ti­tle role at theatre

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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)

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