Epstein’s Christmas panto launches

Photo: Bob Edwards

THE press launch for LHK Productions’ panto, Peter Pan, which comes to the Epstein Theatre this Christmas from Fri 8 December 2017 until Mon 1 January 2018 has taken place.

Cast members posed for pictures aboard the Kathleen and May ship at Liverpool’s Albert Dock, before heading to the theatre where press and VIP’s got a sneak peek at what they can expect this Christmas.

Radio City 2’s Claire Simmo, who stars as Tinkerbell, hosted the event and was on hand to introduce her fellow cast members.

Headlining Peter Pan is Another Level’s Dane Bowers who will be playing Captain Hook. Dane began his career as member of Another Level, one of the most successful boy bands of the 90’s – achieving several platinum selling albums and singles including Freak Me. He also had success as a solo artist with Buggin and Out Of Your Mind, the latter a duet featuring Spice Girl Victoria Beckham, before establishing himself as a DJ in both the UK and abroad.

He has also made appearances on the small screen including Celebrity Big Brother, where he finished runner up, demonstrating his culinary skills winning Celebrity Come Dine With Me, and ITV’s The Big Reunion which saw him form a supergroup boy band with the likes of Gareth Gates.

Set to take audiences by storm is Liverpool’s own Lewis Pryor who plays the lead role of Peter Pan. Lewis appeared in 2016’s series of Britain’s Got Talent, finishing 3rd place in the Live Finals as a member of dance troupe Boogie Storm after receiving the coveted Golden Buzzer spot from Simon Cowell.

No LHK production would be complete without everyone’s favourite dame, Michael Chapman, who returns for 2017 as the Darling Family Cook and is guaranteed to bring his usual hysterical capers and comedy antics.

New cast additions also include the incredibly talented Joanne Harper as Wendy Darling and local performer Georgia Austin as Tiger Lily.

During the afternoon guests were treated to a special performance from Dane and Joanne who sang their solos.

Producer Lee Kelly then revealed that he will be holding open auditions to find a local star to play the role of Smee. Further details about the auditions will be released in the coming weeks.

Lee said: “I am delighted to bring all the cast together today, they are all fantastic performers and it is set to be another amazing production. The excitement is really starting to build now and I can’t believe opening night is only 9 weeks away!

“We also announced that we will be holding open auditions to find our Smee. We have always had a great turn out when doing open auditions in the past; the level of talented performers in Merseyside is phenomenal and I cannot wait to see what the auditions bring and to welcome our new member to the cast….so watch this space!”

PANTO LISTING:

Peter Pan

Date: Friday 8th December 2017 – Monday 1st January 2018

Times: Vary

Tickets: Opening Night Ticket Offer: Fri 8th Dec All Tickets £13

SPECIAL OFFER: Tue 26 Dec, 5pm & Sun 31 Dec, 5:30pm – All Tickets £15

Sat and Sun performances and Mon 1 Jan (except Sun 31 Dec, 5:30pm performance):

Adult £19/ Concession £17/ Family £63

All other performances: Adult £18/ Concession £16/ Family £59

Limited number of £11 tickets available on all performances (except Fri 8 Dec 7pm, Tue 26 Dec 5pm and Sun 31 Dec 5:30pm)

*Subject to booking fee. All prices include a £1 per ticket venue restoration levy

HOW TO BOOK

Call 0844 888 4411, visit www.epsteinliverpool.co.uk or book in person at the theatre box office (open 2pm-6pm Mon-Thu & 12pm-6pm Fri-Sat)

Or via TicketQuarter: Call 0844 8000 410, visit www.ticketquarter.co.uk