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Former Blue star Duncan James takes title role in Jack and the Beanstalk at Canterbury's Marlowe Theatre panto

Former boy band star Duncan James will be taking centre stage in panto at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury this Christmas.

Duncan, who is currently appearing in BBC One's Celebrity Masterchef, will play the title role in Jack and the Beanstalk which opens on Friday, November 26.

Duncan James found fame in Blue Picture: The Marlowe Theatre
Duncan James found fame in Blue Picture: The Marlowe Theatre

The One Love singer shot to fame in 2001 with the boy band Blue, which had three number one UK albums.

His subsequent stage credits include Billy Flynn in Chicago, Warner Huntington III in the West End production of Legally Blonde, Tick in the UK tour of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert and Frank-N-Furter in the UK and Ireland tour of The Rocky Horror Show.

He also played the role of Ryan in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks and received nominations for Most Popular Newcomer at the 2016 National Television Awards and Best Newcomer at the 2017 Soap Awards.

Duncan will join Ben Roddy who will be playing Dame Trott in his 12th panto at the theatre.

He was awarded Dame of the Year at The Great British Pantomime Awards for his role in Peter Pan in 2018 and nominated for Best Ugly Sister for his role in Cinderella in 2018/19.

The rest of the cast will be announced at a later date.

The show, which is co-produced by The Marlowe and Evolution, will once again be written and directed by Paul Hendy.

Jack And The Beanstalk runs until Sunday, January 9, 2022. Tickets can be booked through marlowetheatre.com or via the Box Office on 01227 787787.

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