Barrowman takes lead role in Birmingham panto

Doctor Who and West End star John Barrowman will play the title role in the Birmingham Hippodrome pantomime Dick Whittington (December 19-January 29).

He will be joined by EastEnders star Steve McFadden as King Rat; the Krankies, playing Councillor and Jimmy Krankie; and Hippodrome favourite Matt Slack in the role of Idle.

Barrowman last appeared at the Hippodrome in the pantomime Robin Hood in 2008-09 and his numerous stage credits include leading roles in Sunset Boulevard, Anything Goes, Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon and Company.

He was on the TV judging panel of How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? and Any Dream Will Do alongside Andrew Lloyd Webber, and hosted his own primetime Saturday night programme for the BBC.

His role as Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who for the BBC proved so popular he became the leading role in its spin-off series, Torchwood.

Director Michael Harrison said: “Once again we are delighted to bring together a sensational cast of talented performers for the Birmingham Hippodrome pantomime, which – as always – will be a spectacle on a par with any West End show in terms of scale and production values.”