Union J’s Jaymi Hensley will take on the high-flying title role in Peter Pan at the White Rock Theatre this Christmas.
Having trained at the prestigious BRIT School for Performing Arts Jaymi joined boyband Triple J in 2011, a trio which entered the ninth series of ITV’s The X Factor.
With an additional bandmate they became Union J and came fourth in the competition. Union J went on to great success releasing hit singles Carry You, Tonight (We Live Forever) and You Got it All, as well as two studio albums.
The band embarked on their first UK headline tour in 2013 which saw them performing in sold-out arenas, followed by last year’s An Audience with Union J tour. The band also supported The Vamps and singer Selena Gomez in international tours, appeared in comedy film Kick-Ass 2, and released autobiography Our Story: Union J 100% Official. Outside of the band Jaymi has appeared on the BBC’s Pointless Celebrities and C4’s Celebrity Come Dine with Me.
Jaymi said: “I’m so excited to be doing my first professional pantomime and playing Peter Pan is a life-long dream come true. I can’t wait to fly across the stage and face the evil Captain Hook, although having faced Simon Cowell on the X Factor I’m sure I’ll be just fine.”
One From the Heart producer Daryl Back said: “I’m delighted Jaymi has agreed to take time out of his busy schedule to play the boy who never grew up...With his phenomenal voice and experience entertaining audiences, Peter Pan is going to be a spectacular show full of laughs, music and magic that can’t be missed.”
Peter Pan is produced by One From the Heart in association with HQ Theatres, the partnership behind White Rock Theatre pantomime successes including Cinderella and Aladdin. For tickets visit whiterocktheatre.org.uk or call 01424 462288.