Today the Theatre Royal Nottingham launch their swashbuckling family pantomime, Peter Pan, starring comedy legend Joe Pasquale and Only Fools and Horses star John Challis. The pantomime will open on Saturday 8 December and run until Sunday 13 January. Launch images available here
Comedian and actor Joe Pasquale will lead the cast in the role of Smee. Well-known and best-loved for being one of the hardest-working and top-selling live comedians in British comedy today, Joe has been delighting audiences for more than 20 years with his live stand-up tours and infectious sense of fun. Along the way he’s voiced characters for Hollywood movies, toured in several major theatrical productions including Mel Brooks’ The Producers, starred in the West End production of Spamalot, been crowned King of the Jungle in ITV’s I’m A Celebrity…Get Me out Of Here, appeared on five Royal Variety Performances and is currently on tour in a live stage incarnation of the classic sitcomSome Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em in the iconic role of Frank Spencer.
Best known for his role as Boycie in the BBC’s long-running Only Fools and Horses, John Challis (and his characters’ iconic laugh) have entertained television viewers for decades in the classic sitcom, and its spin-off The Green, Green Grass. John’s other television appearances include Dixon of Dock Green, Coronation Street, Open All Hours, My Family, Last of the Summer Wine and is currently a series regular in the hit ITV comedy, Benidorm. In addition to his screen work, John regularly tours his one-man theatre show Only Fools and Boycie, giving an insight into the workings of the sitcom that made him a household name. John will play Captain Hook, the most evil man in Neverland.
Joining Joe and John as Peter Pan will be Jack McNeill. Recent graduate from Trinity Laban, Jack is currently touring the UK in the brand new stage adaption of Little Baby Bum and recently toured as Tom in The Night Pirates and starred as Harry in The Hired Man in London.
Starring alongside him as Tinker Bell will be Lucy Evans. Lucy began her career at the age of eight performing as Young Cosette in Les Misérables and went on to star in The Goodbye Girl and The Cunning Little Vixen for the English National Opera. In addition to her various television credits (including her role as Lauren Wilson in Coronation Street) she has regularly appeared in pantomime for producers Qdos Entertainment, regularly performing the role of Tinker Bell in venues across the UK.
Peter Pan will be staged by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer, and the company behind the theatre’s record-breaking productions each year. Peter Pan will feature the Theatre Royal’s hallmark of outstanding entertainment for theatregoers of all ages. With amazing flying effects, magic and fairy dust, join Peter and the Lost Boys and set sail in the ultimate pantomime adventure complete with all of the ingredients audiences know to expect in this swashbuckling festive treat.
Qdos Entertainment’s Managing Director Michael Harrison said: “We’re delighted to be bringing Joe Pasquale and John Challis to star in our Nottingham pantomime this year. This year’s production promises all the laughs, audience participation and magic Nottingham audiences have come to expect each festive season, and we can’t wait to bring our show to them this Christmas.”
Jonathan Saville, Director of Sales, Marketing and Development at the Theatre Royal, added: “Pantomime fans with longer memories will be delighted to hear that both Joe Pasquale and John Challis are returning to the Theatre Royal this year, and we are delighted to announce their co-stars Jack McNeill and Lucy Evans today. This year’s pantomime will definitely be in safe hands with this wonderful cast!”
Audiences shouldn’t leave it any longer to hook tickets to Nottingham’s high-flying pantomime adventure, Peter Pan, or they’ll be forced to walk the plank. Peter Pan, which is adapted from the original by J M Barrie, at Theatre Royal Nottingham runs from Saturday 8 December 2018 to Sunday 13 January 2019.
The Theatre Royal’s media partner, Notts TV, will support this year’s pantomime.
Theatre Royal Nottingham
Saturday 8 December 2018 – Sunday 13 January 2019
£18 – £36.50 plus discounts for Royal Members*, Under 16s, Go Card** holders, Schools, and Groupswww.trch.co.uk 0115 989 5555
*Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall Nottingham Royal Membership scheme offering ticket discounts, exclusive pre-sales, meet the cast nights and more www.trch.co.uk/membership
**Go Card free scheme for full time students and under 26s offering ticket discounts for Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall Nottingham events www.trch.co.uk/gocard