No Guildford panto without Peter Gordon
December 27, 2012
GUILDFORD audiences have grown used to seeing the jovial figure of Eagle Radio breakfast show presenter Peter Gordon on the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre’s stage each December.
This year will be no exception as Peter (also known as PG) returns for his sixth consecutive pantomime at the theatre.
But audiences may be seeing a little less of him than before when he performs as the Emperor of China in Aladdin, as the formerly cuddly Peter has slimmed down dramatically since last Christmas. When interviewed in September, he had lost four stone.
“Last year’s panto run was a challenge,” he explains. “I was aching and I was facing type two diabetes. I just thought I had to shake myself up.”
He achieved the weight loss through exercise and the Dukan diet, cutting out carbohydrates and filling up on vegetables. “I now really enjoy running every other day. I think I have an addictive personality and I might be hooked on running now.”
He is certainly not concerned that losing the stomach he has employed to comic advantage on stage in the past might affect his acting career. “I’m happy to work on a new persona as a thinner character,” he says. “I’m not as tired as I used to be so I think I’ll do a better job.”
PG’s wife, he says, would describe him as a workaholic. “I say I do what I do because I love it. The media business is 24 hours a day but I try now to make time to do other things like theatre, seeing friends, following QPR football club and reading.”
Peter’s bedside table is piled with books, including a Sherlock Holmes mystery, Jonathan Black’s The Secret History of the World, 59 Seconds by Richard Wiseman and Tony Blair’s autobiography.
Peter’s a born and bred Guildfordian and he relishes his annual outings in the town’s panto.
“The wonderful thing about it is that several of us return year after year, which gives it a sense of continuity, although there are always great additions to the cast each year, too.
“I’m really enjoying being the Emperor of China. I have some spectacular elements and effects this year – some of which will surprise not only the audience but me too. That’s the magic of panto.”
Aladdin will be performed at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre until Sunday January 13. Cll 01483 440000 or visit www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk for tickets.