Beauty and the Beast at Tyne Theatre and Opera House


Casting Directors at Enchanted Entertainment are proud to announce JJ Hamblett from Union J will play the lead character of Prince/Beast at this year’s Christmas pantomime of Beauty & The Beast at the Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Newcastle. 

Alongside his character, Amelle Berrabah from Sugababes will play Good Fairy, stalwart panto funny man Charlie Richmond playing the Comic and panto regular Lewis Denny will be returning as Dame. 

JJ rose to fame as a member of the Top British boy band, Union J, who competed on the popular TV talent show The X Factor UK in 2012. They then released five top 10 singles, had an iTunes #1 and a sold-out UK Tour. 

Since JJ’s boy band days, he has been making the transition into his true passion that is acting. JJ made his feature film debut in ‘Tango One’ (Universal) in Spring 2018 playing Parker.  

He then played ‘Bobby Warren’ in the feature film ‘Once Upon a Time in London’ and starred as the lead in film ‘Ethel’ alongside Miriam Margolyes, as well as recently supporting Christina Aguilera on stage, alongside Union J. 

JJ will tread the boards at the Tyne Theatre & Opera House from 9th December to 8th January 2023.  Tickets are on sale now – but selling fast.  To book your seats or for more information go to