EASTER holiday pantomime Peter Pan is underground at St Helens Theater Royal.
The show is part of the venue’s exciting spring season and will run until Monday, April 18 2022 at the Corporation Street venue.
Tickets are on sale, starting from £13.
Based on JM Barrie’s timeless classic about the boy who never grew up, Peter Pan is the second spring panto from Regal Entertainments – and they are promising a family-friendly swashbuckling show featuring fabulous flying scenes.
Audiences are invited to join Peter, Wendy, John, Michael, Tinkerbell and friends as they leave St Helens behind, flying past the second star to the right and straight to Neverland.
Thye will embark on daring adventures, battling the evil Captain Hook and his hapless henchman.
Along the way, theater-goers will also meet pirates, fairies, lost boys, Indians, and of course one tick-tocking crocodile.
meet the cast
The title role of Peter Pan will be played by Harrison Vaughan (above) from television show The Greatest Dancer.
He will be joined by a host of St Helens favorites returning to the stage for another spectacular panto.
Harrison trained at Liverpool’s Jelli Studios, which was founded by Brookside’s Jennifer Ellison.
The dancer, who has won a host of awards, finished runner-up on BBC 1’s The Greatest Dancer.
His television credits include Taking The Next Step; The Next Step; Harrison Vaughan The Winners’ Story; Peaky Blinders; Why I Dance? By Harrison Vaughan; and short film Saturday.
Theater credits include Matilda the musical at London’s West End, and Peter Pan in Liverpool.
Harrison Vaughan said: “Peter Pan was my first panto as a child, I played Nibs the Lost Boy. It’s crazy to think I’m now playing Peter all these years later.
“It’s been so long since I’ve been on stage due to Covid, I’m so excited to be back performing in a theater so close to my heart.”
Harrison will be joined on stage by St Helens’ favorites Lauren McCrory as Wendy; Mia Molly as Tiger Lily; Reece Sibbald as Smee; David Phipps Davis as Mrs Smee; Scott Gallagher as Captain Hook; and newcomer to Regal Entertainments, Hayley Russell as Tink.
Mia, Reece and Scott recently wowed audiences in St Helens’ February half-term panto The Wizard Of Oz playing Dorothy, Scarecrow and Lion, respectively.
Lauren McCrory will play Wendy. She is no stranger to panto having played Cinderella in both the Curtis Productions show and the Odeon Cinemas version.
She graduated from Performers College in 2019. Lauren played Belle in Beauty And The Beast at Regal’s Christmas 2021 show at The Epstein Theatre.
Mia Molly will play Tiger Lily. She has been performing since a young age, and was cast by Willy Russell in the original production of Our Day Out The Musical when she was aged 14. She trained at Liverpool Theater School, and graduated in 2015 with a distinction in Professional Musical Theatre.
Reece Sibbald will play Smee. A writer, director and performer, Reece returns to the stage in St Helens – and has written this new stage version of Peter Pan. He also appeared as Simple Simon in Jack And The Beanstalk at St Helens in Autumn 2021.
David Phipps Davis will play Mrs Smee. A regular panto performer for almost 20 years, his credits include Dick Wittington, Mother Goose, Aladdin, and Sleeping Beauty. Trained as a classical singer at the Guildhall School Of Music And Drama, he has performed in Oliver!, The Phantom Of The Opera, and La Traviata.
Scott Gallagher will play Captain Hook. He is a regular performer nationwide with his cabaret and event hosting of him, and is now expanding his repertoire with script writing and directing. Scott has also written a children’s book. He was also recently seen as Silly Billy in Goldilocks And The Three Bears at St Helens for Christmas 2021.
Hayley Russell (above) will play Tink. Originally from Greater Manchester, she has spent 20 years working as a professional production vocalist, band singer and dancer, supporting artists including Billy Ocean and Gareth Gates. Her stage credits include Vampires Rock; Vampires Rock Ghost Train; iconic; The Meat Loaf Story; SleepingBeauty; and Cinderella.
Theater Manager Chantelle Nolan commented: “Peter Pan is always a fabulous family favorite – you have the good characters, the mischievous characters, and the magical characters.
“It’s a real show of pure escapism as we set off on a thrilling adventure with the Darling family and their new friends, and the exciting flying scenes are not to be missed. We’re gearing up for a St Helens extravaganza this Easter.”
Theater’s safety measures
St Helens Theater Royal continues to use the Society Of London Theater & UK Theatre’s ‘See It Safely’ mark. This certifies that the venue is complying with Government and industry Covid-19 guidelines to ensure the safety of staff, performers, and audiences.
St Helens Theater Royal has a range of Covid-secure measures in place. They include increased cleaning, hand sanitiser stations at points throughout the building, and a QR code phone app for audiences to order food and beverages to be delivered to them at their seats.
Customers are asked to continue to wear face coverings (unless exempt) as a courtesy to others, and are being encouraged to take a lateral flow test up to 48 hours before attending a show. People are asked not to visit the theater if they have Covid symptoms. Meanwhile theater staff are taking daily Covid tests.
How to book tickets and where to go
St Helens Theater Royal
Date: Saturday, April 2 – Monday 18 April 2022
Time: Various times
Tickets: From £13*
*All prices are inclusive of a £1 per seat booking fee. Online bookings are subject to an additional 50p per seat online processing fee.
Venue Corporation Street, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 1LQ
Telephone ticket booking line 01744 756000, lines open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm.
Book online at www.sthelenstheatreroyal.com