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Talented George takes on the role of Jack in panto

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: December 13, 2013

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George Sampson captured the nation's hearts and imaginations with his energy-fuelled street dance and his passionate and infectious personality when he won Britain's Got Talent.

Now he's wowing panto-goers in Weston-super-Mare with his role in the classic tale, Jack and The Beanstalk.

Showcasing his dynamic dance skills to a TV audience of over 14 million, George's spine-tingling winning routine, Singin' in the Rain, set him on the road to The Royal Variety Performance before going on to star in the successful West End hip-hop musical Into the Woods.

His career just keeps going from strength to strength and George continues to show his versatility and verve with two box office smash hit movies, StreetDance HD and StreetDance 2, and an established and blossoming career on TV.

Viewers of Sky 1 will know George from the comedy drama Mount Pleasant, where he appears alongside stalwarts Pauline Collins, Bobby Ball, Sally Lindsay and Robson Green.

Meanwhile, fans of the BBC hit Waterloo Road will also be familiar with Kyle Stack, the disrespectful and disruptive pupil George has portrayed in the award-winning series, and who is rumoured to be making a return to the school room drama later in the year.

George made his pantomime debut for producers Paul Holman Associates last year in the critically acclaimed pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan, playing the title role. And now he's taken on the role of Jack in the Weston-super-Mare panto...

So what will you bring to the role of Jack

"I think the thing I'm looking forward to the most is being back on stage," he says.

"The year has been mostly in front of cameras and doing TV, so it's going to be nice to be performing live again for people. I think I'm going to bring a little bit of cheek to the part of Jack, and also a few dance pieces too."

Do you do any special training to stay in shape for two performances every day?

"I go to the gym six days a week and train intensely. I have specific warm-ups and stretching I have to do pre-show and take some supplements of protein etc to rest my muscles after performances."

Did you go to pantomimes when you were younger?

"I did go to pantos when I was younger, but only small ones in my town. Performing in a pantomime and watching one are two completely different things, and I obviously prefer to perform!"

Jack and the Beanstalk is at Weston-super-Mare Playhouse until Sunday January 5. Tickets priced £13.95-£18.95 are available from the box office on 01934 645 544 or go to www.theplayhouse.co.uk to book online

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