Antony Costa from Blue stars in Jack And The Beanstalk at the Woodville Gravesend this Christmas. He’ll be joined by a cast of top draw performers from stage and screen.
Antony Costa is best known for being one forth of the multi platinum selling boy band, Blue, who’s hits include All Rise, One Love, Fly By, and Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word, which they recorded with Elton John. Blue reformed for the ITV series The Big Reunion, and recently celebrated their 15th anniversary with a country wide tour. The band still regularly perform all over the world.
Away from his pop career, Antony is well recognised as an established stage actor. He starred as Mickey in the West End musical Blood Brothers, both in London and on national tour, as well as the national tour of Boogie Nights. This year, Antony is touring the UK in the brand new musical, Save The Last Dance. Antony is a great fan of pantomime, and has starred in pantomimes around the country. Having worked with the producers last year (in Cinderella at the Grove Theatre Dunstable), Antony has been convinced to play his first ever panto baddie, Fleshcreep, in Jack And The Beanstalk, at the Woodville Gravesend this Christmas.
Joining Antony, The Voice finalist Jaz Ellington will make his panto debut as King Crumble, and Olivier Award winning West End actress Leanne Jones, who lives in Gravesend and is best known for her critically acclaimed performance as Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray, will play the panto fairy, in Jack And The Beanstalk.
Jaz Ellington shot to fame on the first season of The Voice on BBC One, when will.i.am turned his famous chair for Jaz’s performance – which was so good, Jessie J asked him to sing again, and his performance of John Legend’s ‘Ordinary People’ won him a place in the hearts of the viewing public. Away from his reality TV experience, Jaz is a hugely respected performer and recording artist, and one of the go to vocalists of the music industry. Jack And The Beanstalk will mark Jaz’s theatre debut.
No stranger to panto, Leanne Jones has sprinkled her fairy magic in pantomimes around the country, including Bradford and Stevenage. Most recently, Leanne returned to the West End to star alongside Antony Costa’s band mate, Simon Webb from Blue, in the musical The Three Little Pigs at the Palace Theatre. Leanne is excited to be performing in her home town of Gravesend, having brought her own family to the Woodville’s Christmas show in previous years.
The hilarious Payne and Pearce will be creating the usual hilarious havoc, when they return to Gravesend for Jack and The Beanstalk, having previously appeared in Aladdin alongside Shane Lynch, and Robin Hood with Ricky Norwood, at the Woodville. Mamma Mia star Rory Phelan also joins the cast, playing the title role of Jack Trott. He is originally from Bexleyheath and it was while attending Wilmington Grammar School for Boys that he developed his love of theatre. Upon graduating he joined the long UK tour of Saturday Night Fever playing the role of Joey and covering the lead role of Tony Manero, one of his dream roles. Following this he went on to play the role of Eddie in Mamma Mia!
Completing the cast is Lucy Reed, previously seen by Gravesend audiences as Alice in Alice In Wonderland, and Jim in Treasure Island. Lucy is now a regular performer at the world renounced Brick Land Music Hall. Lucy will play Princess Apricot in Jack And The Beanstalk. Join us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with all the latest panto news!
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