PANTO STARS LET LOOSE IN NORTHAMPTON TOWN CENTRE! - Mon 14 September 09
Press Release from Stage Right Productions
Captain Hook has been on the prowl in Northampton Town Centre, with some able support from Smee, his cohort and ally in chief. But Peter Pan and friends - Tinker Bell and Tiger Lily - were more than a match, and as ever, good triumphed over evil!
Well actually, it was really the five stars of The Deco Theatre's Christmas Panto, with former EastEnder Louisa Lytton leading the cast in a Saturday lunch-time town centre walk-about to promote the show.
"We had some great fun, met some lovely people, and got wonderful feedback about Panto coming back to The Deco," said Louisa, who was also recognised for her appearance in the TV show Strictly Come Dancing three years ago, when she reached the final four.
"It was nice that people rememberd me from 'Strictly'," she said. "I had great fun doing that show, it was a wonderful experience, and I was thrilled to make the final four - but Mark Ramprakash was a worthy winner that year!"
Louisa will be playing Peter Pan for the second year running, after starring alongside 'The Fonz', Henry Winkler, at Milton Keynes last Christmas. This time she will be working for the first time with former Brookside star Danny McCall.
"It's really funny, but me and Louisa met at an airport in Greece, and introduced ourselves, and then weeks later we find out we're going to be appearing together in Panto in Northampton," said Danny, who will play Smee during the run from December 7 to 31.
"But it's great, she's a very talented actress and earned well deserved praise for her Peter Pan at Milton Keynes last year, so the people of Northampton are in for a treat.
"I love Panto, this is my 20th year, so you could say I'm a bit of a veteran, but I love it, and I love helping to make it a wonderful night out for all the family.
"And what I like about The Deco is that it's got a really warm feel to it, you can get right amongst the audience and have some fun, and fun is what it's all about - I can guarantee that anyone who comes to see Peter Pan at The Deco will have great fun. That's a promise you can keep me too!"
Tony O'Callaghan, who is best known for his role as Sergeant Matt Boyden in The Bill, is playing Panto for the first time, and after being on the right side of the law for 12 years in the popular Police soap, is becoming a baddie, after taking on the role of Captain Hook.
And he had a taste of what to expect on stage when he was booed and jeered by some of the lunchtime shoppers!
"It's been great fun, and I hope they all come to The Deco Theatre and boo and hiss me again," said Tony.
"I can't believe it's taken me so long to do Panto, and I jumped at the chance when the offer came along to do this show. Being in The Bill for 12 years made it difficult to do Panto because our schedule was so tight, so I can't wait to get started."
Tickets start at £8.50 for matinees. Top price for any seat during the run will be £18.50. They're on sale now.
For further information, ring the box office: 01604 622749
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Stage Right Productions will be putting on 42 performances between December 7 and December 31, 2009.
As well as welcoming families and group bookings, they will also be catering for office parties and business lunches, with or without the Panto.
Stage Right is also organising Santa Lunches prior to performances, with the opportunity to meet Santa Claus and have priority seating for the show.
Other opportunities include:-
Adventure in Neverland Workshops– an opportunity to act out being a swashbuckling pirate or everyone’s favourite, Tinkerbell, in a fun based 90 minute workshop looking closer into the adventures of Peter Pan. £5.00 when booked with a ticket £7.50 when booked separately, and to precede daytime performances
The making of Pan- discover how Peter Pan was created from initial staging ideas to developing a scene. Suitable for anyone interested in theatre production. £2.00 when booked with a ticket £4.50 when booked separately, and to precede selected evening performances
Stage Right Productions is based at the Moulton Park Business Park in Northampton, and Kevin and Jill Roach can be contacted on (01604) 844005.
Kevin Roach, who set up Stage Right Productions in 1990, is a former Technical Manager at Northampton’s Derngate Theatre. For more information about Stage Right Productions, visit their website at www.stage-right.co.uk.
Louisa has been touring the UK and Prague with The British Shakespeare Company, where she is appearing in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. She is also among the stars appearing in the film ‘American Pie: Book of Love’, to be released later this year. And next year she will play the adult Lena Zavaroni in a biopic of the tragic child star’s life.
For media interviews, contact the show’s PR manager, Peter Jones (07841 997408).
Royalties charged for putting on ‘Peter Pan’ as a stage production go to the children’s hospital Great Ormond Street, a tradition started by the author of the book, JM Barrie.
During the 42 performances, Stage Right will be organising collections on behalf of local children’s charities.
Press Release issued by Red Alert Media, on behalf of Stage Right Productions.
Contact Peter Jones on 01604 633083 or 07841 997408