5th, October, 2019
Stafford Gatehouse announce that EastEnders and Coronation Street Star Ian Reddington will lead the cast of its Pantomime, Peter Pan in this year’s swashbuckling family treat, as the most boo-able baddy of them all, Captain Hook.
TV favourite Ian is best known for his recurring roles in Eastenders as Richard Cole (Tricky Dicky) in EastEnders and Vernon Tomlin in Coronation Street. Ian, is one of a few actors to portray a major role in both the UK’s two biggest soap operas, also appearing in The Bill, Holby City and Doctor Who.
Ian has enjoyed a rich career in theatre starting with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Bristol Old Vic.
Ian trained at RADA and is now one our best known actors. His work on popular TV programmes like Dr Who, Shameless, Benidorm, Inspector Morse, Robin Hood, Outlander, The Queen's Nose and The Dumping Ground among many others as well as being the first actor to create a major role in our two most popular soaps- Tricky Dicky in EastEnders and Vernon in Coronation Street, have ensured he has stayed in the public eye for many years. He has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company and played most theatres in the country with shows such as Bouncers, Dead Funny, Oh What A Lovely War and The Woman In Black. On film Ian was in the original Highlander and can be seen in British Independent films Red Devil and Original Gangster.
Ian recounts fond times within Stafford where he has played a number of roles including Richard III for Stafford’s Shakespeare Festival.
“I have really happy memories of Stafford, so when I was asked to be part of the Peter pan company back in the town, it took me about 2 seconds to accept. This will be my fourth Pantomime. I love doing them - Do not consider yourself an actor, until you’ve done a pantomime… They are strange, but fabulous pieces and the best parts are always villains so I am delighted.”
Joining Ian Reddington in this classic pantomime tale, is Corey Jones playing the title role of Peter Pan, Natalie Harman as the adventurous Tiger Lily and Kieran Morris playing the lovable John with additional cast to be announced.
Stafford Gatehouse has a long legacy of pantomime and this year, audiences can expect a high-energy show with stunning costumes, chart topping hits galore, and a sprinkle of magic from the mischievous Tinkerbell, making for an unforgettable festive treat.
Peter Pan opens at Stafford Gatehouse on Friday 13th December and will run until Sunday 5th January.
Peter Pan is produced by Prime Pantomimes; a dedicated pantomime production company founded by award-winning Selladoor Worldwide and Immersion Theatre Company.
Prime Pantomimes producer James Tobias said:
“We are thrilled to be producing pantomime at the much-loved Gatehouse theatre this Christmas and are already hard at work to ensure we bring this classic family favourite to life in spectacular fashion.
Audiences can expect a high-energy, localised show packed with all the ingredients which makes pantomime such an unforgettable experience for the entire family”
Think happy thoughts for this Christmas at Stafford! Hook your tickets today at www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk – the croc is ticking.