Stars unveiled for town pantomime

Glen Davies. Photo contributed.
Glen Davies. Photo contributed.

STAR names Louis Emerick and Glen Davies are to appear in this year’s Buxton Opera House pantomime, Peter Pan.

Emerick (pictured below), perhaps best known for his 12-year stint as cab driver Mick Johnson in Brookside, will fulfil a long-held ambition by starring as Captain Hook in the production, which will take place from Wednesday December 12 to Tuesday January 1.

Louis Emerick. Photo contributed.

Louis Emerick. Photo contributed.

Since leaving Mersey Television’s iconic series, Emerick has played many roles in films and on TV, including regular appearances as the naïve PC Walsh in Last of the Summer Wine.

Davies (pictured bottom left), recognised as the bear-hating caretaker Mr Prank in CBBC’s popular series Bear Behaving Badly, will star as Hook’s pirate sidekick Smee.

He admitted he was “very happy and not just a little bit excited to be playing Smee”.

Davies has also appeared in popular TV shows such as New Tricks, Twenty Twelve, Wallender, Law and Order UK and Holby City and he recently appeared with Dame Judi Dench and an all-star cast in the feature film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

This will be the first production of Peter Pan at Buxton Opera House and the theatre will be calling in a team of experts to help with the magical ‘flying’ scenes.

Director/writer Philip Dart said: “Peter Pan is a fantastic story that lends itself well to pantomime as it is so visual.

“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.”

Tickets for Peter Pan are available now, priced from £15.50 to £19.50. Call the Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or buy online at www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.