Peter Pan pantomime ready to fly into newly refurbished Alnwick Playhouse

Just because Christmas is now a fading memory doesn’t mean that the festive fun is over.

Wednesday, 15th January 2020, 4:45 pm
Updated Wednesday, 15th January 2020, 4:50 pm
Principal cast members, from the left, are Jimmy Dodds as the Dame; Helen Gee Graham as Peter Pan: Oliver Pusey as Captain Hook; Pete Burrow as the crocodile and Peter Lewis as Jonathan Darling. Director Susan Joyce is second from the right.

Alnwick Theatre Club is busy putting the finishing touches to its 2020 pantomime, Peter Pan.

The panto run begins on Friday, January 17 and will be the first live community show in the newly refurbished Alnwick Playhouse.

Peter Pan was first staged by J.M. Barrie 115 years ago and has been given the panto treatment by Peter Lewis and friends from Alnwick Theatre Club.

Jimmy Dodds as the Dame and Peter Lewis as Jonathan Darling.

One of the lovely things about Peter Pan is that J.M. Barrie gave the rights to the story to Great Ormond Street Children’s Charity who receive the licence royalty payments every time Peter Pan is performed.

So, by coming to support the panto this year the Alnwick audience will be supporting Great Ormond Street Hospital and all the fantastic work it does for sick children.

The panto this year is directed by Susan Joyce and produced by Ann and Peter Lewis and Jimmy Dodds with choreography by Helen Gee-Graham.

All the panto favourites are taking part with Helen Gee-Graham as Peter Pan, Jimmy Dodds as the dame who is the Darling Family’s cook Su-fulae, promoted to nanny for the evening and Oliver Pusey as Captain Hook.

Oliver Pusey as Captain Hook and Pete Burrow as the crocodile.

Alnwick Theatre Club is celebrating its 70th year and Peter Pan has never been performed in all that time – so the production this January will be a whole series of firsts.

Director Susan Joyce said: “We are all so excited to be producing this as the first live community show in the new Playhouse.

“We have a smashing cast with a strong chorus of youngsters including many from the Playhouse Youth Theatre.

“So, come along to Neverland – second star on the right and straight on till morning!”

Helen Gee Graham as Peter Pan.

Performances take place on January 17-18 and from January 22-25 at 7.30pm with matinee shows at 2pm on January 18 and 25.

Tickets are available from the Alnwick Playhouse box office on 01665 660550 and online at www.alnwickplayhouse.co.uk

The principal cast of Peter Pan, by Alnwick Theatre Club, are Jimmy Dodds as the Dame; Helen Gee Graham as Peter Pan: Oliver Pusey as Captain Hook; Pete Burrow as the crocodile and Peter Lewis as Jonathan Darling.