Brian the giant

Characters from this year's pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk on at the Gala Theatre.
Characters from this year's pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk on at the Gala Theatre.
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BRIAN Blessed’s booming tones are set to get audiences trembling as actors launch their annual panto.

The Shakespearean actor will provide the voice of the giant for Durham Gala Theatre’s festive offering.

This year the theatre will stage Jack and the Beanstalk from December 1.

It follows last year’s Cinderella production which proved to be the most successful show ever staged at the venue.

Paul Hartley will take the lead as Jack, renewing his slapstick partnership with Jane Deane, who plays Jack’s side kick, Jill.

Fencehouses-based actor Donald McBride will return as the Dame for his fourth consecutive Gala panto outing alongside Seaham-born actor Neil Armstrong, who will bring an air of evil to proceedings as the dastardly Fleshcreep.

Mark Stratton, who appeared twice on Gala’s stage last year in productions of Sun Trap and All Creatures Great and Small, will make his Gala panto debut as Baron Doolally.

There will also be two new faces with the Good Fairy being played by Jane Holman and Josie Cerise as Lucy.

l Jack and the Beanstalk runs at the Gala Theatre from December 1 until January 7.

Show times and ticket prices vary; contact the box office on 332 4041 or visit www.galadurham.co.uk for further details.