John Barrowman Will Star in Holiday Staging of Jack and the Beanstalk
By Andrew Gans
John Barrowman, who will offer a brief U.K. concert tour later this month, will return to the Clyde Auditorium for the holiday pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk.
Also featuring The Krankies, performances are scheduled for Dec. 15, 2012-Jan. 6, 2013.
Barrowman and The Krankies have previously starred in Aladdin and Robinson Crusoe & the Caribbean Pirates. The upcoming production casts Barrowman as Jack with The Krankies as Ian and Jimmy Trot.
Jack and the Beanstalk will feature a 3D enchanted forest and journey through the giant’s castle.
“We are thrilled that John, Ian and Janette are returning to Glasgow, where they have received huge audience acclaim, for their third SECC pantomime,” said Michael Harrison, managing director of Qdos Entertainment’s pantomime division, in a statement. “Over the past few years, together with our colleagues at the SECC, we have staged Glasgow’s biggest and most spectacular pantomime and I can promise that Jack and the Beanstalk will be another giant and unmissable show!”
John Barrowman is best known for creating the role of Captain Jack Harkness in the first series of Russell T. Davies' revamped "Doctor Who" for BBC TV, from which his own spin-off series, "Torchwood," was created. He has also appeared in series 3 and 4 of "Doctor Who." The singing actor has also been seen as a judge on BBC1's reality TV casting shows "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?," "Any Dream Will Do" and "I'd Do Anything" and was a celebrity skater on the ITV show "Dancing on Ice."
Prior to La Cage aux Folles, he was last seen on the West End musical theatre stage doing a stint in Chicago as Billy Flynn in 2004, and prior to that was seen at the National as Billy Crocker in Anything Goes (a role he had previously taken over in the previous West End revival at the Prince Edward Theatre, opposite Elaine Paige, in 1989). He also appeared as Dumaine in Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost during his National Theatre season, and subsequently made his West End straight play acting debut in A Few Good Men at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket in 2005. Among his other numerous West End credits are Matador, Miss Saigon, Beauty and the Beast, The Fix (Olivier-nominated for Best Actor in a Musical), Hair and Sunset Boulevard. On Broadway, he has appeared in Sunset Boulevard and Putting it Together.
Tickets, priced from £12, can be booked on 0844 395 4000 or online at www.ticketSOUP.com.
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