‘Vil­lain’ to hero to panto vil­lain

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

AC­TOR Ryan Thomas who is cur­rently a house­mate on Celebrity Big Brother has been signed up for this year’s pan­tomime at the Beck The­atre in Hayes .

The former soap star, who is best known for play­ing Ja­son Grimshaw in Corona­tion Street, will take to the stage as Cap­tain Hook in a pro­duc­tion of Peter Pan.

Thomas has been mak­ing head­lines over the past few days af­ter be­ing ac­cused by ex-Em­merdale ac­tress Rox­anne Pal­lett of “re­peat­edly punch­ing her”.

She faced a huge back­lash from view­ers who had seen the footage in which Thomas play­fully threw mock punches at her.

Even­tu­ally she left the house and ended up is­su­ing an apol­ogy, af­ter a bar­rage of crit­i­cism.

Thomas is now tipped to win the re­al­ity show and the 34-year-old will no doubt prove a shrewd sign­ing for the pro­duc­ers of the Christ­mas panto.

It’s not known at this stage how much he is get­ting paid for the role but star­ring in pan­tomimes can be highly lu­cra­tive for celebrities.

Play­ing the in­fa­mous, hook-handed pi­rate in an ad­ven­ture a world away from his cur­rent sur­round­ings, Thomas will be per­form­ing in the panto be­tween Fri­day, De­cem­ber 7 and Sun­day, De­cem­ber 30.

The pro­duc­tion of Peter Pan is an adap­tion of the orig­i­nal clas­sic by J M Bar­rie and runs at The Beck from Satur­day De­cem­ber 8 to Sun­day De­cem­ber 30 .

Tick­ets can be pur­chased from the web­site at beck­the­atre.org.uk or call the box of­fice on 020 8561 8371.

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