Pantomime returns to London’s West End this Christmas with the announcement that Michael Harrison Entertainment and Crossroads Pantomime will stage Peter Pan at the London Palladium in 2023.
Following the huge successes of Jack and the Beanstalk (2022), Pantoland (2021), Goldilocks And The Three Bears (2019), Snow White (2018), Dick Whittington (2017) and Cinderella (2016), Harrison will stage Peter Pan with an all star cast headlined by Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous, French & Saunders) as Captain Hook and Julian Clary as as Seaman Smee.
Promising another major West End spectacular, the show will also see the return of London Palladium pantomime regulars Gary Wilmot (soon to appear in The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium) playing Henrietta Cook, Captain Hook’s mother; ventriloquist and comedian Paul Zerdin (Paul Zerdin: All Mouth) to play Starkey, a crewman; and, Nigel Havers (Chariots of Fire, Penelope), whose role is undetermined. Rob Madge, who wrote and starred in My Son’s a Queer, (But what can you do?) and appeared as the cow in last year’s production of Jack and the Beanstalk will play Tinker Bell.
The roles of Peter and Wendy are yet to be cast.
Panto producer Michael Harrison will direct and co-write the show with input from Saunders with the show loosely based on J. M. Barrie’s book Peter Pan, Wendy and The Lost Boys and their adventures in Never Never Land.
The creative team will include set designs by Mark Walters and costume designs by Durrant, choreography by Karen Bruce, lighting designs by Ben Cracknell, sound designs by Gareth Owen and composition and orchestrations by Gary Hind.
This news was first reported in deadline.com
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