A South Shields actor has landed a starring pantomine role.
Stephen Sullivan will play the ‘baddie’ - called Fleshcreep - in pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk alongside actress Denise Welch in the new show which kicks off in Times Square, Newcastle, on Monday, December 11.
Running for three weeks until Saturday, December 30, the show is set to be a hit with its star-studded cast featuring the likes of Adam Thomas, who has starred in Emmerdale, who takes on the title role.
He will be joined by the North East’s very own Denise Welch who will be providing the magic as Mother Nature in Geordieland this festive season.
Stephen, 31, says he is excited to take on the ‘baddie’ role and star alongside the talented cast.
He said: “It’s crazy to be a part of something that is on such a big scale.
“I am really excited about it.
“I play the baddie and a lot of my scenes are alongside Denise Welch.”
He added: “It is amazing and Adam Thomas has so much energy about him!
“It is a proper Geordie panto. Apart from Adam, the rest of us are Geordies!
“We have all done a two week rehearsal period ahead of the show.”
Jack and the Beanstalk follows the story of young lad Jack (Adam Thomas), his brother Simple Simon (Sam Glen from BBC’s Let It Shine) and their mother Dame Trott (Geordie Dame, Daniel Mawston)– they haven’t a penny to their name and are forced to sell the family cow at Market.
Mother Nature (Denise Welch) lends a helping hand when the Giant’s henchman Fleshcreep (Stephen Sullivan) fools Jack into selling the cow for a bag of beans and takes her off to Cloudland whilst kidnaping the beautiful Princess Jill (Helen Slade).
This year the show - by NS Pantomimes - invites audiences to Pantoland for the first time in a brand new purpose built theatre in Times Square.
The indoor ‘Pantodrome’ venue will house a 1,000 seat auditorium alongside an Alure Globe building, with a luxury bar and hospitality facilities offering a platform for one of the biggest shows in the region.
Technicians will take just a week to build the temporary theatre and a further week to remove it in January once the panto season ends.
Tickets start at just £18, to book visit: http://www.timessquarepanto.com/tickets/box-office/