Peter Pan Flies into York for New Adventure

by Editorial Team

York Theatre Royal and Evolution Productions present All New Adventures of Peter Pan from 2 December to 2 January 2023 written by Paul Hendy with Director Juliet Forster.

CBeebies favourite Maddie Moate and three stars of last year’s Cinderella fly into York Theatre Royal for this year’s swashbuckling family pantomime All New Adventures of Peter Pan from 2 December to 2 January.

Jason Battersby,  Maddie Moate, Faye Campbell, Paul Hawkyard, Robin Simpson, Francesca Benton-Stace and Jonny Weldon. Photo c Anthony Robling

Rehearsals began this week for a show promising laughter, music and family fun galore – with a sprinkling of fairy dust.

This is the second co-production between York Theatre Royal and Evolution Productions. The first in 2021, Cinderella, was nominated as Best Pantomime (500-900 seats) at the British Pantomime Awards while Paul Hawkyard and Robin Simpson, who played the Ugly Sisters, were nominated as Best Uglys at the same awards.

The pair return for this year’s pantomime – Paul as villainous Captain Hook and Robin as Mrs Smee.

Also back is last year’s Cinderella Faye Campbell. She made her York pantomime debut in The Travelling Pantomime which toured to 18 community venues around the city.

Maddie Moate, who plays naughty fairy Tinkerbell, presents the popular CBeebies series Do You Know? as well as her own science and technology You Tube channel. She also makes and presents films for educational You Tube channels.

Jason Battersby, who plays Peter Pan, appeared Crazy For You at Chichester Festival Theatre during the  summer and played Lead Shadow in Wendy and Peter at Leeds Playhouse last Christmas.

Jonny Weldon, who plays pirate Starkey, was in the musical version of 101 Dalmatians at Regents Park Open Air Theatre in London this summer. His childhood stage appearances include Mary Poppins and Les Miserables. He went viral on social media topping millions of views for his comedy sketches.

Francesca Benton-Stace plays Wendy and Mermaid and in the Ensemble are Emily Taylor, Amy Hammond, Lauren Richardson, Luke Lucas, Khan Rasul and Thomas Yeomans. Acrobats Mohammed Iddi, Karina Ngade and Mbaraka Omari complete the cast.

All New Adventures of Peter Pan

York Theatre Royal

Dec 2-Jan 2, 2023

Morning, matinee and evening performances – check with website/box office for details

Dementia friendly performance – Sun 4 Dec at 1pm

Audio described – Sun Dec 11 at 1pm & 5.30pm

Relaxed performance – Sun Dec 18 at 1pm

Captioned performance – Sun Dec 18 at 5.30pm

Box office 01904 623568 | yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

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