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Photo gallery: Peter Pan rehearsals in full swing in Norwich - oh yes they are!

08:31 05 December 2014

The cast of the Theatre Royal

The cast of the Theatre Royal's panto during rehearsals. Ruth Betteridge (Wendy, front left, at work on her dance routine. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Pantomime rehearsals for this year’s Christmas show at Norwich Theatre Royal are in full swing - oh yes they are!

The cast of the Theatre Royal's panto during rehearsals. Ruth Betteridge (Wendy) with Nana. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe cast of the Theatre Royal's panto during rehearsals. Ruth Betteridge (Wendy) with Nana. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Peter Pan is set to take to the city venue’s stage on December 18, and this week the cast members have been busy working on the festive extravaganza that is based on the classic J.M.Barrie story about the boy who never grew up.

Richard Gauntlett, who is writing and directing the show and also playing the pirate Smee, said: “Our Peter Pan this year is pretty true to the book, but I have added a few other elements which should make it good fun.

“We have got a very, very large crocodile this year which is a bit of a surprise when it comes on, and we have another large monster as well for the end of Act 1. We have also got a lot of flying with a new flying system which has been developed in the States – so it’s going to be very exciting.”

Rehearsals began on Saturday and since then the cast, ensemble and panto babes have been busy learning their lines and rehearsing the dance routines and songs ready for opening night. The plan is to do a complete run-through of the show this weekend.

The cast of the Theatre Royal's panto during rehearsals. Richard Gauntlett, left, (Smee); and Kevin Kennedy (Captain Hook). Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe cast of the Theatre Royal's panto during rehearsals. Richard Gauntlett, left, (Smee); and Kevin Kennedy (Captain Hook). Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Kevin Kennedy, who played Curly Watts in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street for 20 years, is taking on the role of Captain Hook, while CBeebies presenter Sid Sloane, will play Aunt Delilah, and Cromer Pier favourite Ben Langley, 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.

Mr Gauntlett said: “The cast are all getting on very well. Kevin Kennedy is a brilliant, brilliant baddie as Captain Hook. He is going to be really funny. Ben Langley, our pirate Starkey, is a very funny man - you can’t help laughing - and Sid Sloane in a dress is something else. It’s worth paying ticket money just to see that!”

• Peter Pan is at the theatre from December 18 to January 18. Tickets £5.50-£21. Visit www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk or call the box office on 01603 630000.

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