Meet the cast of Jack and the Beanstalk!

Fri 21 Sep 2018

We are so excited to announce our cast for Jack and the Beanstalk at Derby Arena!

Here's a little info about each cast member, don't forget to buy your tickets to see them.

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Duncan James  as Jack

It has been recently announced that Duncan will be joining Chicago in the West End as Billy Flynn taking over from Martin Kemp. He was most recently seen playing the role of Ryan in the popular Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks. For his role as Ryan, Duncan was nominated for Most popular Newcomer for the 2016 NTA's and is currently nominated for Best Newcomer for the 2017 Soap Awards. Duncan recently starred as Tick in the UK tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

Duncan was born an entertainer, starring in school productions and starting his professional career working at Haven holiday camp, where he was to meet his soon to be bandmates Lee Ryan, Simon Webbe and Antony Costa. Then Blue, the pop group, was born in 2001 and the band immediately signed to Innocent Records.

They exploded onto the scene and amassed huge commercial success, racking up forty Number One singles worldwide, three Number One UK albums and sales of over 16 million records.

In 2005 the guys decided to take a break from the band to pursue other interests, and Duncan saw this as the perfect opportunity to broaden his experience within the entertainment industry. He starred as Billy Flynn in the hit musical Chicago, and became a familiar face on television, working as a presenter on Soapstar Superstar, Capital FM's Party In The Park, City Hospital, T4, The Clothes Show and GMTV’s Entertainment Today. He also competed in ITV's Dancing On Ice in 2007 where he became a finalist, and participated in the subsequent sell-out tour in arenas across the UK. He then made his television acting debut in Plus One for Channel 4, in which he played a tongue-in-cheek characterization of his Blue persona, with the series being acclaimed by both critics and the public. Further TV appearances have included Grease: The School Musical for Sky 1, Eurovision: Your Country Needs You (as a Judge) for BBC1, Eight Out Of Ten Cats for Channel 4 and presenting The National Lottery for BBC1 many times.

In 2009 Duncan returned to theatre, appearing as Warner Huntington III in the West End production of Legally Blonde at the Savoy Theatre. He then presented the exciting new theme park game show Scream If You Know The Answer on Watch in 2010, which played a second series in 2011, before landing a spot on the judging panel on Channel 5's new entertainment show Don't Stop Believing, searching for the group that best represented the spirit of the Glee phenomenon.

2011 saw the Blue boys come 11th representing the UK at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf with "I Can". The band released their fourth studio album, Roulette, in 2013 with "Hurt Lovers" as the lead single, before they joined other groups on TV in The Big Reunion. Blue continue to thrive with a new album in 2015, and recently a new TV show on ITV2 – Blue Goes Mad In Ibiza, which followed the band as they launched their own bar.

Duncan made his pantomime debut in 2014/15 playing the title role in Jack And The Beanstalk at the Birmingham Hippodrome for Qdos Productions. He has just finished doing the 2017/2018 pantomime season starring as Prince Charming in Cinderella at the Liverpool Empire.

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Morgan Brind as Dame Trott

Morgan Brind was born in Derby and trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and in 2009 co-founded Little Wolf Entertainment Ltd. 

Jack and the Beanstalk is the fourteenth pantomime he has written, designed and co - produced.

Credits as Writer/Dame include Beauty and the Beast (Derby Arena); Cinderella, Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty and Jack and the Beanstalk (Loughborough Town Hall); Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty and Jack and the Beanstalk (Maltings Theatre, Berwick upon Tweed); Robin Hood (West Wing Arts Centre). Credits as writer/co-producer Robin Hood (Loughborough Town Hall); Cinderella and Dick Whittington (Maltings, Berwick).

Theatre includes: One Finger One Thumb by Mike Kenny (Tour), Hilary in Pendulums Bargain Emporium (Maison Foo, Derby Theatre/Latitude and Edinburgh Festivals), Dream Play for Big Window Theatre, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet (The Lord Chamberlain’s Men UK Tours), Everybody Look At Me (Fifth Word Theatre/Derby LIVE and Oldham Coliseum), Animate (Workshop), Beauty and the Beast (West Wing Arts Centre), Hedda Gabler (Litchfield Garrick); The Lady's Not For Burning (Finborough theatre), The Great Sleigh Robbery (Brentwood Theatre); Crazy Gary's Mobile Disco (Alma Bristol), Outdoor Shakespeare for Radio 4, Arlechino in Carnivale (Teatro San Gallo, Venice), Romeo and Juliet and Under Milk Wood. (RADA QM2 Europe and America).

TV and film work includes: K.O. Joe in Chop Sooky Chooks (Aardman Animations) pilot, Peak Practice (ITV/Carlton) and a Samsung V5 commercial.

Twitter @ Morgan_Brind

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Lawrence Boothman as Cesspit

Trained at Glasgow Academy of Musical Theatre Arts.

Theatre includes; The Arrest of Anne Boleyn (The Tower of London); The Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood (Loughborough Town Hall) for which Lawrence won Best Male Baddie at The Great British Panto Awards 2018; The Odyssey (The Scoop London); Incident At Vichy (Finborough & King’s Head); A Dream of Dying (Lion & Unicorn Theatre); Classified and Twelfth Night (The Space); Beam: 2016 (Park Theatre); The Writers’ Playground (Union Theatre); Macbeth (LOST Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo & Juliet (National Tour).

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Bethan Nash as Jill

Bethan trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School where she was the recipient of the Julian Slade Music Award in 2011 and the Peter O’Toole Prize in 2015.

Her theatre credits include: Theresa in Polstead; Eliza Dolittle, My Fair Lady, The Mill at Sonning; Emma, in Jane Austen’s Emma, No.1 UK Tour; Tracy Lord, High Society, The Mill at Sonning; Wendy, Neverland, Lakeside Arts Nottingham; Juliet, Romeo and Juliet, The Theatre Royal Bath - The Egg / Assembly Edinburgh Fringe Festival; Susan Swallows and Amazons, Bristol Old Vic Theatre; Julie, London Road, Bristol Old Vic Theatre; The Woman, The River, Tobacco Factory; For Oddsocks Theatre Company: Ophelia, Hamlet and 1st Witch/Ross, Macbeth, National Tour. For Derby Theatre: Much Ado About Nothing, Broken Hearted and The Snow Queen.

Her TV credits include: guest lead in Casualty, BBC; London Road film, Rufus Norris and the National Theatre.

Short films include: Stories of the Subconscious Mind and The Mediterranean Sea, (Nominated for best foreign film Laiffa and for 'Shooting People' film of the month).

Bethan is a Company Director and producer of New Mutiny Theatre Company. @nash_bethan @newmutiny1

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Richard Brindley as Simple Simon

Richard trained at the University of Exeter and the Royal Academy of Music. Theatre credits include: Swing in The Railway Children (UK Tour) Davey in The Stationmaster (Tristan Bates Theatre, for Aria Entertainment), Strephon in Iolanthe (UK Tour), Julian in The Dreaming (Union Theatre), Featured vocalist in the Thursford Christmas Spectacular (40th Anniversary Production), Featured vocalist with The Fingask Follies (Scotland and UK Tour), Chester the Jester in Sleeping Beauty (Polka Dot) Richard is also a professional voice over artist for Pinewood Studios Group.

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Tim Phelps as Harold the Herald and Giant Bogey

Originally from Gloucestershire, Tim is now a London based Actor, Singer, Puppeteer and Musician who is thrilled to be back working with Little Wolf after having the merriest time last year in Robin Hood. Tim trained at The London School of Musical Theatre. ‘Mayor Humdinger’ in PAW Patrol Live! (UK & Ireland Arena Tour, International Tour), ‘Merry Men’ in Robin Hood (Loughborough Town Hall), ‘Mr. Bingley/Mr. Collins’ in Pride & Prejudice (UK Tour), ‘Charles Caroll/Magician’ in A Very Victorian Christmas (Tyntesfield House), ‘Romeo' in Romeo & Juliet (UK Tour), ‘Soldier’ in We Are Here (National Theatre/Jeremy Deller), ’Gareth' in Goosebumps Alive (The Vaults), 'Ricky Simpson' in The Goodbye Girl (Gatehouse Theatre), 'Fred/Young Scrooge/Head Puppeteer' in A Christmas Carol Musical (Trinity Theatre), ‘Rapunzel’s Prince’ in Into The Woods (Rose & Crown Theatre), Dirk Gently (BBC).

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Lizzie Wofford as Fairy Story

Lizzie is an Offie nominated actress and is an experienced solo performer winning Best Performance at Birmingham Festival in both 2016 and 2017. She is currently a member of the Soho Theatre Young Company and has recently finished training with the Free Association. Lizzie is a regular session singer with the London Musical Theatre Orchestra.