No need to be Blue with Derby’s Jack and the Beanstalk

Published: 1 December 2018

Singer, West End performer and actor Duncan James is to play Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk at Derby Arena.

James said, “it’s going to be a giant adventure and I’m really looking forward to getting to know the city. Panto is always such a great, uplifting experience and I know this is going to be a lovely show with a great heart to it.”

He will be joined on stage by Britain’s best male baddie Lawrence Boothman as Cesspit and Morgan Brind as Dame Trott.

Brind of Derby-based Little Wolf Entertainment said, “we’re hugely excited to welcome the enormously talented Duncan to the Arena. He’s known and loved by so many people from not only his enormously successful pop career with Blue but also his numerous appearances in West End musicals, Dancing on Ice and his role as Ryan in Hollyoaks. We know he’s going to be wonderful as Jack, bringing his phenomenal voice and cheeky personality to Derby Arena for a fun-filled few weeks.

“It’s really shaping up to be an immensely exciting show and now there’s really no need to feel blue this Christmas.”

Derby LIVE and Little Wolf Entertainment teamed up for the first time in 2017, their production Beauty and the Beast winning best staging and set at the Great British Pantomime Awards.

Jack and the Beanstalk runs at Derby Arena from Saturday 8 December until Saturday 5 January 2019.

Steve Orme