Emmerdale Star Matthew Wolfenden to star in Sunderland Emipire Panto

Emmerdale Star Matthew Wolfenden to star in Sunderland Emipire Panto



Sunderland Empire and Martin Dodd for UK Productions are delighted to announce that star of Emmerdale and Elf The Musical, Matthew Wolfenden, is set to bring a giant helping of festive fun and charm to Wearside’s most spectacular pantomime this Christmas, as he gets ready to star in the title role of loveable hero ‘Jack’ in Jack and the Beanstalk from Friday 13 December 2024 – Sunday 5 January 2025!

Matthew Wolfenden is best known for his long-running television role as David Metcalfe in ITV’s Emmerdale, as winner of the seventh series of Dancing on Ice, and as a guest presenter on This Morning, Loose Women, Lorraine, Loose Men, and for starring in The Real Full Monty.

Being no stranger to musical theatre, you may have caught Matthew most recently performing as Buddy in Elf The Musical (Dominion Theatre). Further stage credits include Aladdin (The Old Vic), Saturday Night Fever (National tour), Romeo and Juliet (Piccadilly Theatre) and more!

Matthew said: “I am thrilled to be playing Jack in the iconic Jack and the Beanstalk this Christmas. Where better to spend Christmas than at the Sunderland Empire, one of the most beautiful theatres in the land. Can’t wait to see you there!”

Matthew will be joining Wearside panto favourites, the North East’s Queen of Comedy, the fabulous Miss Rory (Boulevard) as Dame Rorina Trott and hilarious panto funny man Tom Whalley as Silly Simon, both back by popular demand. The duo are to return for a fifth year running and they’re sure to be cheekier than ever before.  

When a heinous henchman kidnaps a cow and a princess from the downtrodden town of Boggy Bottom, young Jack finds himself on an adventure that he thought only existed in story books!

Expect a wholesome hero, a punch-packing princess, a feisty fairy, a silly sibling, a witty widow, a slippery servant, a kind-hearted king… and a cow with some beef. Oh… and a very large magical plant, of course! 

Join us for a fee-fi-fo-fabulous, reimagined romp through a classic tale you thought you knew… with amazing 3D effects!

Catch this GIANT of a pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, wowing Sunderland Empire audiences from Friday 13 December 2024 – Sunday 5 January 2025! Tickets are available online now at ATGTickets.com/Sunderland*

*A £3.95 transaction fee applies to online bookings.

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