Coronation Street star Chris Gascoyne has lined up his first role since announcing he is leaving the soap, in a pantomime production of Jack And The Beanstalk.

The 46-year-old, best recognised for playing troubled bad boy Peter Barlow on the cobbles, is to make his panto debut as villainous Fleshcreep in the six-week run at Birmingham’s Hippodrome in December.

Blue singer Duncan James and former Loose Women panellist Jane McDonald will also appear in the show, reported The Sun.

Chris, who will leave Coronation Street when his contract ends in the autumn, is following in the footsteps of co-star and screen rival Marc Baylis, who is also walking out of Weatherfield later this year and has signed up to play Prince Charming in Sleeping Beauty in Bromley, Kent.

Chris, who has played Peter on and off for more than 13 years, announced his exit from Coronation Street last October.

“I’d like to do a play because I’ve not done one for a long time and it’s a different thing altogether – you can’t stop and say, ‘Can we do it again?'” he told TV Times in March.