‘Show-offs’ bring their double act to the stage

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Jack Hayes will be the Chamberlain while his fellow Heart Breakfast DJ Tom Evans will be King.

But Jack has got other ideas for when Jack and the Beanstalk kicks off at Worthing’s Connaught Theatre this Christmas.

“He comes from far better stock than me,” Jack confesses. “The roles were written for us, but I can assure you that the Chamberlain is not going to be the whipping boy!”

You can expect plenty of banter as the duo, great mates already, transfer their radio double act to the stage.

“This is our third panto together (at Worthing), and the previous two were extremely successful. I think that we broke the box office record both years. We work well together, and we are close friends.

“But I won’t gloss over it. It is exhausting. My alarm goes off at 4.15 in the morning, and then we won’t be getting home until 9.30 or 10 at night during the panto, and it is going to be particularly hard for me.”

Jack’s second son was due at the end of October – a brother to three-and-a-half year old Reuben, who has already been selected as the captain of the 2022 England World Cup football squad. Well, according to Jack.

“It is going to be a very testing time for me because I won’t see the children much. We had a slightly-tricky start to the pregnancy second time around, so we decided that we would find out the sex so that we could be fully prepared. He is due at the end of October, and as you know, the second ones often come early.

“So my wife will be doing all the work over Christmas while I am gallivanting around and prancing about on stage. It will be hard for her – and hard for the both of us. But Reuben knows that he has got a little brother coming, and he kisses his mummy’s tummy every day. He is going to be more than ready when his brother arrives. Reuben came to see the panto last year. Actually, he came to see it both years. When I first did it, he would have been about a year and a half. Last year, he was two and a half, and he loved it. He likes the lights, and his mother is a dance teacher anyway. He is used to being around performers.”

So if Reuben is going to be the football captain, what will his little brother be?

“He is going to be the future middle weight champion. He is also going to be one of the world’s finest ballet performers in the West End. He is going to be multi-talented.”

But probably not an actor – just as his dad doesn’t wish he were an actor full-time. A former beach lifeguard, publican and nightclub manager, he has won numerous awards in all fields he has worked in. But acting isn’t about to claim Jack for good.

“I haven’t got the discipline or the talent that it takes to be an actor. But I love doing it. I am a show-off. That’s the reason we do it. We are a couple of show-offs. And it is a very nice feeling doing something and then people saying that they enjoyed it. Anybody that says it isn’t would be lying!”

Jack and the Beanstalk will be at Worthing’s Connaught Theatre from December 6 to January 4. Tickets on 01903 206206 or www.worthingtheatres.co.uk.