All aboard for PETER PAN Bath’s magical pantomime as EastEnders and Call the Midwife star CLIFF PARISI joins Dame extraordinaire CHRIS HARRIS and panto favourite JON MONIE in the Theatre Royal’s swashbuckling treat
This Christmas at the Theatre Royal Bath, EastEnders and Call the Midwife star Cliff Parisi takes centre stage alongside leading Dame Chris Harris in the family pantomime PETER PAN. The cast also features Jon Monie as Smee, Jessica Punch in the title role and comedy acrobats The Nitwits as the Pirate Crew, as the story of Peter Pan is staged as a pantomime on the Bath stage for the first time in the Theatre Royal’s illustrious history, from Thursday 12th December to Sunday 12th January.
J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan is one of the best-loved stories in childrens’ literature. When Peter Pan flies into the Darling children’s nursery one night and takes them off to Neverland, a thrilling adventure begins in the magical world of Tinkerbell, Tiger Lily and the Lost Boys, where they do battle with Captain Hook and his pirate crew. Packed with comedy, singing, dancing, beautiful costumes and plenty of audience participation, Peter Pan promises to be a swashbuckling Christmas show – with flying, CGI special effects and all the traditional ingredients that make Bath pantomimes so special.
Known to millions of television viewers for his portrayal of the loveable rogue Minty in over 550 episodes of BBC1’s EastEnders, Cliff Parisi, will star as the dastardly Captain Hook in Peter Pan this Christmas. Cliff starred as motor mechanic Minty, for 8 years in BBC1’s award-winning soap EastEnders until 2010. He has most recently appeared in BBC1’s hit series Call the Midwife, playing the role of handyman Fred for the past 2 years. His many television credits also include regular appearances in the series Kavanagh QC, Bramwell, and A Prince Among Men. On stage, Cliff’s previous credits range from Ray Cooney’s musical Stop Dreamin’ and the Woking pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to the 2013 UK theatre tour of The Ladykillers.
The West’s best-loved Dame Chris Harris returns by popular demand to star as Governess Gertie and will also direct the show. An institution in the world of panto, Chris Harris has performed in pantomimes across the South West for over 30 years and 2013 marks his 13th consecutive year on stage in Bath’s Christmas show. His rapport with audiences and expert knowledge of this traditional art-form has made him one of the UK’s favourite Dames. During his career as an actor, writer and director, Chris has toured the world with his 6 one-man shows, including Kemp’s Jig. He has also performed with the RSC, Bristol Old Vic, and on television in roles for BBC and ITV.
Jon Monie returns to the Theatre Royal to play Smee with the mischievous comedy and hilarious antics which have made him a huge favourite with Bath’s pantomime audiences. An award-winning stand-up comedian and experienced television presenter, earlier this year Jon performed Back for Good, a sell-out stand-up show at Bath’s Ustinov Studio with his comedy partner Graham Avent, raising funds for local charities, and compered the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics GB National Summer Games in Bath.
The role of Peter Pan will be played by Jessica Punch, who last performed at the Theatre Royal Bath in Mother Goose in 2005. Joanna Forest plays the role of Wendy, Victoria Hay will appear as Tinkerbell and Amana Jones plays the role of Tiger Lily. Talented comedy acrobats The Nitwits – Andrew Rothwell, Paul Evans and Jacob Theisinger – will play the hapless Pirate Crew. Also performing in Peter Pan in the Ensemble are Will Keith, Bryony Parsons, Lizzie Andrews, Madi Russell, Meg Anderson and Tillie Jarvis.
The role of John will be shared by Max Beament from the Dorothy Coleborn School of Dance and Jacob Bishop Ponte from the Theatre Royal Bath’s Young People’s Theatre. The role of Michael will be shared by Oliver Prutton and Haydn May, both from the Dorothy Coleborn School. This year’s pantomime will also feature delightful young dancers and ‘Lost Boys’ from Bath’s Dorothy Coleborn School of Dance, fresh from the sold out success of their show Spellbound at the Theatre Royal Bath earlier this year.
Last year’s tremendously successful Bath pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was hugely enjoyed by audiences and critics alike. This year, Peter Pan is set to thrill West Country audiences as UK Productions returns to present another sensational seasonal treat for both the young – and those who never want to grow up.
PETER PAN appears at the Theatre Royal Bath from Thursday 12th December 2013 to Sunday 12th January 2014. To book tickets contact the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844 or visit www.theatreroyal.org.uk
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