King Eric Signs up for 10th Shrewsbury Panto

BBC Radio Shropshire presenter Eric Smith has been signed up to appear in Jack and the Beanstalk at Theatre Severn later this year, his 10th pantomime role in Shrewsbury. The popular family show opens on Thursday 6 December and runs until Sunday 13 January.

Eric was delighted when pantomime producers Evolution Productions asked him to take on the role of King Eric in Jack and the Beanstalk, adding to the list of characters he has played in previous years. At Theatre Severn, he appeared as the Emperor of China in last year’s Aladdin and as Baron Hard-Up in 2010 pantomime Cinderella. Prior to those roles, audiences may have seen Eric perform at the Music Hall as Little John in Robin Hood, Eric the Elf in Snow White and as the Wizard of Oz.

Looking back on his pantomimes appearances, Eric said, “It all started with a walk on part in Sleeping Beauty, and since then I’ve only missed one - “Peter Pan”….. I’m a little too old to play the lead and far too nice to play “Hook”. I’m really looking forward to working with Evolution again in this year’s production of Jack and the Beanstalk – one of the few panto’s missing from my CV!”

Meanwhile, Theatre Severn has confirmed that a third of tickets have already been sold and sales indicate that the pantomime is set for another record-breaking year.

Jack and the Beanstalk opens at Theatre Severn on Thursday 6 December and runs until Sunday 13 January. Tickets priced from £10 are available from the Box Office at Theatre Severn (01743 281281) and online at