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Pan-tastic day out

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Sunderland Empire’s pantomine for this Christmas will see the high-flying Peter Pan return to the stage.

From Thursday, December 13, to Sunday, January 6, a swashbuckling cast will take to the stage for one of the all-time Christmas favourites, adapted from the classic book by JM Barrie.

Tom Lister, best known as bad boy Carl King in ITV1 soap Emmerdale, stars as the dastardly Captain Hook this festive season.

The 34-year-old studied at the Birmingham School of Speech and Drama and went on to appear in TV shows including Heartbeat, Doctors and The Bill.

Joining North Yorkshire-born Tom on stage is children’s television favourite Katy Ashworth in the lead role of Peter Pan.

Best known for presenting I Can Cook on the CBeebies digital channel, Katy energises her young audience with her cheery personality.

An accomplished actress and singer, Katy achieved a first-class degree in drama from Exeter University.

She has taken the lead in several pantomimes and toured nationwide with her live one-woman slapstick comedy roadshow for youngsters aged three to seven.

Presenter, actor and stand-up comedian Sy Thomas joins the cast as Smee.

Sy burst into the world of presenting at the kids TV channel Nickelodeon, fronting its live studio projects and continuity links for nearly two years.

He recently presented the CITV show The Cool Stuff Collective, a games and gadgets show, and can currently be seen every Friday afternoon in a new children’s comedy for CBBC, The Revolting World of Stanley Brown.

Sarah Jane Buckley stars as Mrs Darling.

Sarah is best known as crazy Kathy Barnes in the Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks and boasts an impressive array of musical, pantomine and cabaret credits all over the world.

They include her award-winning one-woman cabaret show.

Sarah recently played Eva Cassidy in a national tour of Over the Rainbow.

Peter Pan is being staged by UK Productions in arrangement with London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Samuel French.

Tickets to see the Sunderland Empire’s seasonal trip to Neverland cost from £10 to £29.50.

For further details or to book, go online and click on www.sunderlandempire.org.uk

 

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