Panto will have you hooked!

The stars of the Buxton Opera House pantomime Peter Pan, starring from left: Olivia Hutchinson as Wendy, Matt Kennedy as Peter Pan, Louis Emerick as Captain  Hook and Glen Davies as Smee. Photo contributed.
The stars of the Buxton Opera House pantomime Peter Pan, starring from left: Olivia Hutchinson as Wendy, Matt Kennedy as Peter Pan, Louis Emerick as Captain Hook and Glen Davies as Smee. Photo contributed.

THE CROC’S ticking... it’s almost panto time in Buxton!

For the first time ever, Peter Pan will be flying in to Buxton Opera House for the Edwardian theatre’s annual family pantomime, and it’s sure to have audience members of all ages hooked.

The curtain goes up at the Water Street venue on Wednesday (December 12) at 1pm for the first of 32 performances over the next three weeks.

Director/writer Philip Dart said: “Peter Pan is a fantastic story that lends itself well to pantomime as it is so visual. There are Red Indians, mermaids and Peter’s tribe of Lost Boys, not to mention a life-size, ticking crocodile!

“Those who enjoy traditional panto won’t be disappointed as Peter Pan will have all the popular songs, colourful dance numbers and comedy routines that people have come to expect from a Buxton Opera House pantomime.”

A star-studded line-up includes ex-Brookside cabbie Louis Emerick as Captain Hook, while Glen Davies, who will be recognised for his role as Mr Prank in CBBC’s popular series Bear Behaving Badly, takes on the role of his pirate sidekick Smee.

The pantomime also introduces Olivia Hutchinson as Wendy, while Matt Kennedy comes direct from the West End’s We Will Rock You to star in the title role of Peter Pan. Presented in conjunction with Channel Theatre Productions Ltd, Peter Pan runs at Buxton Opera House from Wednesday December 12 until Tuesday January 1.

Tickets are priced from £15.50 to £19.50, with discounts available. For more information and to book, contact the Buxton Opera House Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or visit www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.