Get hooked on Christmas in DorkingBy Guy Martin
December 20, 2012
YOUNG children who watch Peter Pan at Dorking this Christmas could become ‘hooked’ on the theatre, the director and villain of this year’s show has warned.
Julian Addy is playing Hook in the pantomime showing from Saturday December 22 to December 30, and has helped to choose a host of other stars, and children from Surrey, in the lead roles.
He was hugely impressed by open auditions held in the county for the parts of Wendy, Michael, John and Tinkerbell, the latter to be played by nine-year-old Thalia Edwards.
The parts will be a great experience for children starting out in drama, but Julian said the performances could be just as inspiring for young audience members.
“Pantomimes are so important for children,” he said. “Quite often it’s their first experience of theatre.
“I remember going to my first pantomime. So many children don’t get the chance to experience it.
“And Peter Pan is the best pantomime of them all. Everyone in Dorking has to come and see it. If they don’t I’ll be round.”
It will be the first time Julian has played Hook, who he claimed was “Peter Pan if he had grown up”, and it will also be the first time this show has been brought to the Reigate Road venue.
It was not seen as fit for flying stunts, but the production company behind the show, Enchanted Entertainment, is bringing in a special rig to make this possible.
That will be to the benefit of children’s TV star Olly Pike, brought in to play Peter Pan.
“I don’t think I’ve ever grown up,” the diminutive Pike said. “This young cast will probably give me a run for my money.”
Fellow children’s TV star Andrew Crawford plays Smee, a role he said would suit his mastery of pulling silly faces, while Guildford’s Tania Whatley is Tiger Lily.
Tickets for the shows are priced £16.50 or £14.50 for concessions, with reductions available for families and large groups. Visit www.dorkinghalls.co.uk or by calling 01306 881717.