Captain Hook sets sail for the Marine Theatre Lowestoft!
By Esmee Hall
Autumn is only just beginning but the stars of this year's sparkling Marina theatre’s pantomime, Peter Pan , are already getting prepared to entertain Lowestoft audiences this Christmas. I was lucky enough to be invited to meet and interview the cast at their press launch.
This year’s Christmas spectacular will take audiences to Neverland to experience the childhood classic of Peter Pan live on stage. Featuring the well-known characters from the iconic J M Barrie novel Peter Pan, Wendy, Tinker Bell, Captain Hook and Smee.
Peter Pan tells the magical story of the boy who never grew up as he encounters Red Indians, Pirates and very hungry Crocodile.
Even though rehearsals haven’t started yet it was clear that the cast are already very enthusiastic about the production.
Eastenders star Sid Owen, who played Ricky Butcher in the programme over an 18 year span, will take on the role of Captain Hook. In the soap, Ricky was the son of popular character Frank Butcher and was famously known for his relationship with Bianca Jackson (Patsy Palmer) throughout the 1990’s. Scenes between the two characters in the soap would often result in Bianca shouting her well know catch phrase “Rickyyyyy”. A catch phrase that will be easily transferred to panto.
I talked to Sid about playing the part of Hook and it is clear that he is looking forward to playing this part as even though he has starred in pantomimes before this is his first year playing a pantomime Villain.
The boy who never grew up
Peter Pan is played by the lovely Anthony Sahota. Anthony starred in the BBC’s talent competition, ‘Let it shine’, which aimed to find young performers to star in The Band, a new stage musical featuring songs of Take That. Throughout the series the series Anthony received praise for his unique vocal style and beautiful renditions of current chart hits. Anthony starred as Peter Pan last year in Chesterfield so it’s a part that he knows really well and said that playing this part was “one of the most rewarding things he’s ever done”.
I was really please to see that Terry Gleed is returning to the Marina for the fourth year in a row. My children have always found him hilarious especially as Wishee washiee in last year’s Aladdin. This year Terry will play Smee, Captain Hook’s hilarious sidekick. I asked Terry if this year we can expect a return of the beloved water pistol. Even though Terry didn’t want to fully commit to the water pistols return he promised that there will be lots of surprises for the children in the audience this year.
I was also pleased to see the return of Fenton Gray who will take on the role of Widow Twanky after staring in Aladdin last year as the same character .
Sophie Holt plays the part of Wendy in the Pantomime and said that she is looking forward to being involved in Peter Pan because it is a story that appeals to such a large audience and this production promises to be enjoyable for children and adults alike.
I am very much looking forward to take my children to see Peter Pan at the Marina, They have both always found the tale magical and have loved the characters of Peter Pan and Hook. This performance of the story promises a host of colourful comic characters, spectacular sets, fabulous costumes, delightful dancers and lots of audience participation. Be prepared to laugh, scream and call out ‘Hookyyyyyyy’.
PETER PAN runs at the Marina Theatre for 32 amazing performances full of pirates and fairy dust!
13 December 2018 – 1 January 2019
To book tickets to this magical pantomime visit the Marina Theatre’s website www.marinatheatre.co.uk or Tel: 01502 533200
Tickets are priced from £8.00-£22.50