Sunderland based stationery magnate Peter Brack, has embraced his passion for theatre by stepping up to sponsor next Christmas’s Newcastle Theatre Royal pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk.

Brack, who owns Brack Office Solutions in Sunderland, was a former child actor and at 15 enjoyed much success studying with the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain.  He performed in a number of shows including The Caucasian Chalk Circle.

Although he went on to adopt a more traditional career path, working in stationary sales before setting up his own company in 2006, he never lost his love of acting and over the years has played lead in a number of plays and musicals locally including Fagin in Oliver! (on several occasions), Jud Fry in Oklahoma and in Harold Hill in The Music Man.  He has also produced several amateur shows.

Brack has been supplying Newcastle Theatre Royal with office supplies for many years, but it was only recently that the Theatre team discovered the company MD’s love of acting and all things theatrical.

“The Theatre Royal told me they were looking for a local sponsor for their 12/13 panto Jack and the Beanstalk – and I couldn’t resist the opportunity to get involved!  I love pantomime and this is one of my favourites, and the Theatre needs the support of local business right now.  These are hard times for the arts in Newcastle.” Said Mr Brack.

“Sponsoring next year’s Pantomime is a great way for our company to support theatre in the region and is also a good business decision as the promotional package provided by the Theatre is great value for money.”

“I’ve always loved theatre. I was originally drawn to drama while at Biddick School in Washington and thought it was a good way of getting out of lessons!  It turns out the teachers thought I had talent and put me forward for an audition for the National Youth Theatre.  At a young age I found myself living in London and taking to the stage – an amazing experience.”

Philip Bernays, CEO of Newcastle Theatre Royal said: “To have the support of local business in these difficult economic times is invaluable.  To have the support of someone who has a lifelong passion for the arts, as Peter does, is especially nice for us, as he has an innate understanding and appreciation of our business”.

Brack Office Solutions is now thriving from its base at North East Business and Innovation Centre in Sunderland, from where it specialises in stationery, office furniture, school educational supplies, corporate gifts and promotional items.  For more info visit Brack Office Solutions.

Jack and the Beanstalk – the Giant Pantomime Spectacular! appears at Newcastle Theatre Royal Tuesday 26 November 2013 to Saturday 18 January 2014. Tickets are now on sale, priced from £11 and can be purchased from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 or select your own seat and book online at www.theatreroyal.co.uk

Caption: Panto Dame Chris Hayward (The Empress of China in Aladdin) from 2012/13 panto with Peter Brack