We are very pleased to announce that Coronation Street & EastEnders’ Ian Reddington will join the cast of Jack and the Beanstalk this Christmas.
Ian is one of the few actors to have created a major role in two of the UK’s favourite soaps. He played market inspector Richard Cole – better known as Tricky Dicky – in BBC’s EastEnders for two years. He later created the role of hapless drummer, Vernon Tomlin, in ITV’s Coronation Street from 2005 to 2008.
As Tricky Dicky, Ian got a reputation as notorious womaniser, dating many of the women on Albert Square, notably Bianca Jackson (Patsy Palmer) and Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth). His arch enemy was Kathy’s son, Ian (Adam Woodyatt). Tricky Dicky took great delight in flirting with Ian’s wife, Cindy (Michelle Collins), spreading rumours about a supposed affair. Ian’s revenge plot signalled Tricky Dicky’s exit from Walford, as his dodgy past finally caught up with him.
Ian didn’t have much more luck in Weatherfield as Vernon Tomlin, musician turned cellarman to Rovers Return landlady, Liz McDonald (Beverley Callard). He joined the show in 2005 and after several ups and downs in their relationship, married Liz on New Year’s Eve 2007. Their marriage was short-lived when a record company picked up his single (Don’t Fall Into) The Mason’s Arms and he left the cobbles – without Liz.
Ian trained at RADA and went on to work with the Royal Shakespeare Company and has played most of the theatres in the country with shows such as Bouncers, Dead Funny and Oh What a Lovely War as well as appearing in the cult film Highlander. He has enjoyed a number of musical theatre roles – Dad in Our House (West End), Mr Fulton in High School Musical 2 (UK tour) and Pop in We Will Rock You (UK Tour).
This Christmas, Ian will be combining his TV villain experience with his musical theatre skills to play the role of Fleshcreep, vile henchman to the Giant who lives at the top of the beanstalk. Fleshcreep is out to stop our hero Jack rescuing the beautiful Princess Jill and saving the village of Stoneybroke from being permanently penniless!
Following last year’s record-breaking season for Cinderella playing to over 20,000 people, Alive Corn Exchange can’t wait to present this GIANT of a panto, with a beanstalk that will scale new heights plus live music, wonderful sets, beautiful costumes and rip-roaring adventure in true panto style!
Jack and the Beanstalk is at Alive Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn from Friday 8 December until Sunday 31 December 2017.
Tickets are available on 01553 764864 or online at www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk