George Sampson joins star-studded cast for Jack and the Beanstalk

George Sampson joins star-studded cast for Jack and the Beanstalk

Britain’s Got Talent winner George Sampson has been added to the star-studded cast for Darlington Hippodrome’s Christmas pantomime, “Jack and the Beanstalk”.

The dancer, presenter, singer and actor, who will star in the title role of Jack Trot, rose to fame when he entered the second series of Britain’s Got Talent, where he wowed audiences with his impressive street dance abilities and performance skills.

Since then, George Sampson has gone on to appear in feature films “Streetdance 2” and “Streetdance 3D”, held roles in “Waterloo Road” and “Casualty” and made his soap debut as Ryan in “Emmerdale” for ITV.

In 2018, he starred in the Madness musical “Our House” and made his pantomime debut for producers Qdos Entertainment at the Crewe Lyceum.

Jack and the Beanstalk - George Sampson

Also joining the cast is comedian Phil Walker, who will star as Jack’s hapless brother, Simon.

Having started his career as a Butlins redcoat, Phil went on to forge a successful career as a stand-up comedian, appearing regularly across the northern club scene and winning accolades including the City Life Comedian of the Year.

A regular in pantomime, Phil spent 11 years starring at the King George’s Hall in Blackburn, and the last four years at Preston’s Guildhall.

Joining them as the evil villain Fleshcreep will be actor and comedy writer Daniel Taylor.

On stage, he is best known for his portrayal of Sammy in “Blood Brothers”, Mickey in “Down the Dock Road” at the Royal Court, Tommy Cooper in the critically-acclaimed “The Tommy Cooper Show” and as John Lennon in the off-Broadway production, “Lennon – Through a Glass Onion”.

Jack and the Beanstalk will be produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer and the team behind Darlington’s annual pantomime.

Jake Hine, Executive Producer for Qdos Entertainment, said: “I’m thrilled that George, Phil and Daniel will be joining the wonderful Shirley in Darlington’s pantomime this year.

“Between the four of them we have every facet of dance imaginable, hilarious comedy and the ultimate panto villain.

“Together they will ensure Darlington can be sure of one of the best pantomimes yet, with plenty of exciting things planned.”

Darlington Hippodrome Director Lynda Winstanley said: “We are absolutely thrilled to announce that George, Phil and Daniel will be coming to Darlington Hippodrome to join Shirley Ballas.

“I’m sure Darlington audiences will be as excited as we are to see this fantastic cast in action ensuring Jack and the Beanstalk is another festive, family pantomime success.”

Jack and the Beanstalk runs at Darlington Hippodrome from Friday, December 6th, 2019 to Sunday, January 5th, 2020.

For full details and to book visit the Darlington Hippodrome website or call the box office on 01325 405405.