Leeds pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk looks set to be theatre's most popular yet

The cast of Jack and the Beanstalk includes Danny Colligan, Jez Edwards and Myra Dubois.

A record number of families are expected to join Jack and his friends in Leeds this Christmas as they climb up the beanstalk and find all kinds of adventure awaits.

The Carriageworks Theatre proved to have the perfect recipe for a magical family day out last year when Cinderella became the most attended pantomime in its history.

Now traditional panto Jack and the Beanstalk is topping the ticket sales charts and looks set to be the theatre’s most popular show yet.

Children’s television star Jez Edwards will be returning to his ‘home from home’ at the Carriageworks to join the fun for a ninth year.

“The creative vision of the team here means the show just keeps going from strength to strength every year,” he said.

“The energy and warmth of our audiences in Leeds are second to none. I can’t wait to show you what madness and mayhem we have in store for you this year.”

Taking on the title role of Jack is singing star Danny Colligan, who took part in the BBC’s Let It Shine competition to find young performers to join the cast of a Take That inspired stage musical.

Danny said: “It’s been an unbelievable year for me with so many unforgettable moments.

“Playing Jack in my home county in panto at Christmas is just the icing on the cake. I can’t wait to join this great cast and perform in the heart of Leeds.”

The proud Yorkshireman made his West End debut in the hit show The Book of Mormon, where he took to the stage as one of the ‘Mormon boys’ at the Prince of Wales Theatre near London’s Leicester Square.

Danny Colligan took part in the BBC's singing competition Let It Shine.

He also starred in Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014.

Jack and the Beanstalk producer Paul Holman said: “Danny is a talented young musician and performer with the right fun, energy and talent to play the adventurous and slightly cheeky chappy character of Jack.

“With his sensational singing talents and with Jez Edwards once again taking charge of the comedy, not to mention spectacular costumes and scenery lined up, this year’s pantomime truly does have something for everyone.”

The show will be staged at the theatre from December 1 until January 6.

Tickets, priced £10 and up, can be booked via carriageworkstheatre.co.uk or 0113 376 0318.

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