A pantomime in South Tyneside is on track to be a giant success - almost one year before it hits the stage.
The Customs House, in South Shields, is putting on Jack and the Beanstalk next year, and 3,000 tickets have already been snapped up.
Jack and the Beanstalk is a traditional pantomime and it’s clear to see people are eager to see what we’ll bring to this production – it’s bound to continue to grow in its success.Ray Spencer
Panto fans are already thinking about how they’ll be spending next Christmas Eve, with almost half of all the seats sold.
Customs House executive director, Ray Spencer, who writes, directs and stars in the show, said: “We can’t wait to bring Jack and the Beanstalk to life at the Customs House.
“It’s not the first time we’ve done Jack so we’re excited to bring it back bigger and better than ever.
“Jack and the Beanstalk is a traditional pantomime and it’s clear to see people are eager to see what we’ll bring to this production – it’s bound to continue to grow in its success.”
He added: “We are known as the little panto with the big heart but next year we’ll be the little panto with the big Beanstalk.”
This year’s festive show, Alice in Wonderland, has sold more than 24,000 tickets.
Alice, which runs until January 9, was chosen to coincide with the joint 150th anniversary of the Custom House building and Lewis Carroll’s much-loved book.
Ray, who plays the Duchess, added: “Alice has been such a success with both the critics and our audiences, we’re so pleased everyone has loved watching it as much as we’ve loved our time in Wonderland.”
Jack will run from November 29, 2016 to January 7, 2017 and tickets cost from £9.75. To book, go to www.customshouse.co.uk or call 0191 454 1234.