Crewe Lyceum announce that the popular professional quizzer, TV presenter and general knowledge ace, Jenny Ryan will join the cast of this year’s enchanting family pantomime – Beauty and the Beast as The Enchantress from 13 December 2024 to 05 January 2025. 

Jenny Ryan in Beauty and the Beast, Crewe, Lyceum

In 2015 Jenny joined the hallowed team of Chasers on ITV's award-winning teatime hit The Chase, now in its fifteenth series. Nicknamed ‘The Vixen’ and ‘The Bolton Brainiac’ by host Bradley Walsh, she intimidates millions over their oven chips on a daily basis. Jenny can also be seen as The Vixen in the hugely successful prime time spin-off series Beat the Chasers for ITV1. She is a regular guest on Fighting Talk on BBC Radio 5 Live and Steph's Packed Lunch on Channel 4 and has appeared on numerous other favourites including Would I Lie to You?, Celebrity MasterChef, Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, Blankety Blank and Celebrity Catchphrase. 

Jenny is a talented singer and musician. Jenny and her fellow Chasers were thrilled to be the winners of BBC1's Let's Sing & Dance for Comic Relief performing a medley from The Wizard of Oz. In 2019 Jenny showed off her vocal ability as she made it to the final of The X Factor: Celebrity.  

Jenny said: “I am thrilled to be doing panto at the Lyceum this Christmas. It will be my first time in Crewe but I have heard from friends how lovely the theatre is and I can’t wait to start casting some magic there in December.”  

Jenny joins the previously announced Crewe favourites Malcolm Lord and Ste Johnson in Beauty and the Beast which will also feature local youngsters selected by open audition this summer, and additional casting to be announced. 

Beauty and the Beast is presented by the award winning Imagine Theatre. 

Lyceum Theatre Director, Graham McKnight said: “We are so excited to have Jenny with us here in Crewe to star in Cheshire’s favourite family pantomime. As well as being a familiar face to us all from her many television appearances, Jenny is a phenomenal on-stage talent that will give our audiences an unforgettable panto experience for this year’s production of Beauty and the Beast. We look forward to welcoming her to the iconic Lyceum Theatre in December.”  

When an arrogant prince is cursed to live as a beast, his only hope of salvation is to find love before the last petal falls from a magic rose. Can village girl Belle see beyond appearances and learn to love a beast? 

Tickets are on sale now at or visit 


Crewe Lyceum Theatre
Crewe Lyceum Theatre

Crewe Lyceum Theatre is Cheshire’s historic Edwardian theatre. Thrilling audiences since 1911, the Theatre is host to a varied programme of live entertainment, including Cheshire’s favourite family pantomime, 2022’s Aladdin starring Louie Spence.



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