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A GIANT spider escaped onto the streets of Newcastle yesterday.

The giant arachnid, known as "Fluffy Steve" has a role in the Theatre Royal's current show - the record-breaking pantomime Sleeping Beauty.

He is the largest spider in pantomime history, reported to be more than four metres tall and with a leg span of over 10 metres, and very hairy. Philip Bernays, chief executive at the Theatre Royal, said: "It appears that Fluffy escaped from the Theatre around 10am and has been roaming the streets since.

He was last on stage during yesterday's evening performance of Sleeping Beauty. We have a good team out to catch him."

In the pantomime Sleeping Beauty Fluffy plays the monstrous pet of evil fairy Carabosse, whose wicked plan sends Princess Beauty asleep for 100 years.

Mr Bernays added: "He's had a really good run so far and is proving one of the biggest hits of this pantomime season - we think he might have just become disorientated on the way to his dressing room." The show is the Theatre's most popular show ever in terms of people through the door and has now sold 83,000 tickets for all performances with another two weeks still to go.

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NO NEED TO PANIC Giant spider 'Fluffy Steve' from the Theatre Royal's record-breaking pantomime Sleeping Beauty enthrals passers-by
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 10, 2012
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