The first star to appear in this year’s pantomime at the Princes Theatre has been revealed – and he certainly has the X Factor.
Ben Haenow, who won the musical talent competition in 2014, will play the title role in Jack and the Beanstalk.
The panto, brought to the Princes Theatre by Anton Benson Productions, will run from 4 December 2021 until 1 January 2022.
Ben, who had the Christmas Number One in 2014 with his hit single ‘Something I Need’, said he was looking forward to reprising the classic panto role of Jack Trott.
“I’m excited to hit the stage and bring lots of laughs and a good time for audiences at the Princes Theatre,” he said.
“It’s been such a tough time for performers across the arts, so to get back into venues and play for audiences – something we all live for – will be awesome; especially with something as classically brilliant as panto. Oh yes it is!”
Alex Porter, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism at Tendring District Council, which runs the Princes Theatre, said the seasonal show was hotly anticipated.
“One of the biggest things I think we all missed when theatres were forced to close due to Covid-19 was the panto; and while it’s traditional in pantomime to ‘look behind you’ I’m very much looking forward to this year’s show,” Councillor Porter said.
“Anton Benson Productions always bring a great panto, and with Ben Haenow in the starring role we’re assured of a top performance from such an expert vocalist and someone with such great charisma.”
Tickets are on sale now, available from www.princestheatre.co.uk, by calling 01255 686633, or visiting the Box Office at Clacton Town Hall – currently open between 10am-1pm Monday-Wednesday.
Further casting announcements will be made throughout the year.