Win tickets to see Jack and the Beanstalk

The Weston & Somerset Mercury has teamed up with The Playhouse, Weston, to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a pair of tickets to see the show

THE Playhouse will be filled with cries of "It's behind you!" when the theatre's traditional pantomime returns later this month.The popular tale of Jack and the Beanstalk will be told in a fun packed show which promises to provide a magical and memorable adventure for all the family.Topping the bill is Bruce Jones, better known to millions of British TV viewers as Coronation Street's Les Battersby. The performer spent 10 years in Weatherfield, where he featured in some of the biggest storylines.Bruce will take the role of villain Fleshcreep.He said: "This is only my second ever panto and my first one was nearly 29 years ago."I am quite nervous but I think it will be a lot of fun. I'm going to have to get used to the quick costume changes and performing live."It's very different to filming a TV show."Bruce's arch rival in the traditional battle of good versus evil will be the good Fairy Organic, played by sit-com star Sue Hodge.Sue is internationally known for her role as the sexy waitress Mimi Labonq in the television series 'Allo 'Allo.Sue is an experienced pantomime performer and she has also worked on classic plays such as A Midsummer Night's Dream and more modern shows including The Rocky Horror Show.Bruce and Sue will be joined by Lee Carrol, a West Country comic who will play Simple Simon, and James Horne, who will take the role of Dame Trott.Tom Solomon, who appeared in last year's show Dick Whittington, will return to Weston in the lead role of Jack Trott.Joanna Kirkland will play Princess Amelia, Jack's love interest. The production will also feature dancers from the Weston-based Tina Counsell School of Dance.Talking about the production of the show, producer Paul Holman said: "This show will focus on the story, feature modern music, and contain all the pantomime elements you expect to see in a Playhouse pantomime, such as an highly energetic professional all singing, all dancing cast, colourful scenery, costumes and effects."The show will run from December 17 to January 13.Tickets, priced £12.50-£14.50, are available from the box office on 01934 645544.* The Weston & Somerset Mercury has teamed up with The Playhouse to offer one lucky reader the chance to each win a pair of tickets to see the pantomime. To enter, please answer the following question: What was the name of the character played by Bruce Jones for 10 years in Coronation Street? * Closes: 9 am on December 14. * Usual Archant rules apply and the editor's decision is final.

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