Ex-Waterloo Road actor to star in Bolton's Christmas Panto - Jack and the Beanstalk
FORMER Waterloo Road star Ben Ryan Davies took a break from his hectic filming schedule to come to Bolton and join the rest of this year’s star-studded pantomime cast.
The 24-year-old, who played Ronan Burley in the BBC school drama, has recently finished filming with George Clooney and Matt Damon for The Monuments Men — based on the Allied soldiers who protected art from being destroyed by the Nazis during the Second World War.
But Ben, who is playing the lead role in Jack and the Beanstalk, says he can’t wait to explore the town during the panto’s five-week run at The Albert Halls.
Ben is joined by Stu “Crush a Grape” Francis, who plays Stuie. The big burly giant is played by Hollywood stuntman Paul Flanagan. The king is Charlie Cairoli Jnr and Mervin Francis plays the evil Fleshcreep.
They will be backed by students from Dawn Dawson’s Academy of Dance and Stage.
Ben, who plays Jack, the boy who trades his cow for magic beans, said: “I’m really excited to be in Bolton — from what I can see the town is buzzing, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy my time here.
“I’ll be able to nip out into town whilst I’m here and get all my Christmas presents for my family.
“I was in Berlin over the summer filming with George Clooney for The Monuments Men — George was the nicest bloke you could ever meet.
“Then I was filming for Moving On, which finished last week, and now I’ve got the panto — so it’s been a busy few months.” Stu Francis, who returns to panto in Bolton for the ninth year running, said: “We’re all in costume and it’s got everyone in the mood.
“All we need now is the audience. I’m certainly looking forward to it — as I do every year — because of the brilliant Bolton crowd.”
This is the first time that producer and director Duggie Chapman has put on Jack and the Beanstalk in his 12 years at The Albert Halls and tickets are already selling fast.
The show runs from November 30 to January 5. Tickets, which cost from £11.50, can be bought from The Albert Halls box office on 01204 334400.
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