Photo gallery: Norwich pub serves up a panto feast fit for the captain’s table

PUBLISHED: 16:44 02 December 2014 | UPDATED: 11:34 03 December 2014

Captain Hook (Kevin Kennedy) samples the food from the Peter Pan menu at the Coach and Horses in Bethel Street. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Captain Hook (Kevin Kennedy) samples the food from the Peter Pan menu at the Coach and Horses in Bethel Street. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Copyright: Archant 2014

A feast fit for the captain’s table is being cooked up at one Norwich pub throughout this year’s pantomime season.

Pantomime cast prepares to take audiences on trip to Neverland

Norwich Theatre Royal’s pantomime cast is preparing to take audiences on a trip to Neverland this festive season.

Rehearsals began this week for the show based on the classic J.M.Barrie story about the boy who never grew up. The curtain goes up on the show on Thursday, December 18.

Kevin Kennedy, who played Curly Watts in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street for 20 years, is taking on the role of Captain Hook and he said the cast was having great fun creating the show.

He said: “I love it, it is so much fun. There has been lots of laughter in the rehearsal room.”

He said he was enjoying playing the pantomime baddie, but added that his version of Captain Hook was not all bad.

“He’s very insecure. He was very much a mummy’s boy. He’s not really bad - he’s misunderstood,” he said.

Also joining Mr Kennedy on stage are CBeebies presenter Sid Sloane who will play Aunt Delilah, and Cromer Pier favourite Ben Langley who will play the pirate Starkey. Ruth Betteridge, who was Cinderella in last year’s pantomime, is returning to play Wendy. Charlotte Baptie (Peter Pan) and Sinead Kenny (Tiger Lily) are also returning after appearing on the theatre’s stage earlier in the year in West Side Story. The show is being written and directed by Richard Gauntlett who will also play Smee.

• Peter Pan is at the theatre from December 18 to January 18. Tickets £5.50-£21. For more and to book tickets visit or call the box office on 01603 630000.

The Coach and Horses has created a special Peter Pan menu to tie in with this year’s Norwich Theatre Royal Christmas show - and during a break from rehearsals Captain Hook himself took some time out to sample the culinary delights on offer.

For his main course the seafaring villain tucked into Peter Pan’s fried chicken burger with crocodile chips and mango salsa salad and also Tiger Lily Three Bean Chilli.

For dessert he enjoyed Captain’s Flambé Banana With Pancakes And Tinker Bell Dust, and he washed the whole meal down with a non-alcoholic Pirate’s Fruity Tipple cocktail.

“It’s a lovely drink, it makes me jolly - Roger,” joked Captain Hook, who is played by former Coronation Street star Kevin Kennedy.

He added that the menu was much better than the “interesting” food served by ship’s cook Aunt Delilah in the pantomime.

“It’s beautiful. The chilli has got a nice nautical kick to it, the burger is tremendous, and the dessert is a buried treasure,” he said.

The menu has been created by Marianne Ames and Lewis Belsey who run the Bethel Street pub.

Mr Belsey said: “It will be running on our specials menu throughout the pantomime season.

“The whole idea was to do something different in the pantomime season as well as the traditional Christmas food. The pub has got a reputation for being the theatre pub so it is good to be able to link in with the pantomime.”

He said Captain Hook was the original inspiration for the menu and that they had also decided to give it a Caribbean twist.

Crocodile burgers had been considered as an option but Captain Hook was not a fan.

“Crocodile burgers are not very tasty because they’ve got no bite!” Peter Pan’s nemesis said.

• The Peter Pan menu will start at the Coach and Horses tomorrow.

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