Following the record-breaking production of Jack and the Beanstalk last year, E3’s Brighton Family Panto is returning to The Hilton Brighton Metropole from the 19th–28th December 2019 with Peter Pan.

The cast is headed by BBC’s Allison Ferns, who will be adding some glamour as Delores the Mermaid. Allison presents the afternoon show on BBC Sussex. Her on-stage love interest and Peter Pan’s nemesis, Captain Hook, will be played by Nathan Charman, who shot to fame on The Voice this year as part of the swing trio, The Flat Pack, winning their way into Olly Murs’ team.

Returning for a second year, Richard Dawes will play the comedy lead as lovable scoundrel Smee. Michael Ruben is flying in as Peter Pan and his fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, will be played by Hope Thompson. Joining them on stage as Nana is the producer’s 55kg Bernese Mountain Dog, McKenzie, who is no newcomer to the limelight with over 11,000 followers on Instagram!

Allison Ferns expressed her excitement to returning to the stage:

‘I have such fond memories of performing in Brighton pantos as a kid, so to see pantomime back in the city and to get the chance to perform again in my hometown is a dream come true.’

Expect jaw-dropping costumes, high-flying special effects and even a pirate eating crocodile! As the rights to the story were left to Great Ormond Street Hospital, the cast will be raising money for the charity during as well as supporting local charity Chailey Heritage Foundation.

Brighton Family Panto has attracted widespread support from local businesses including chocolate producers Cocoa Loco, Gemini Print, Donatello, Roedean School and Life Size architects. Sussex County Cricket recently joined as a major partner; the unique production has even attracted national brand, Saga, who have secured an entire show for their members. Wealth management firm, Skerritts, have also purchased a show for their team and clients.

David Hill commented how he and fellow production Founder and Manager, Lukas Wojcik, are thrilled to have launched their largest panto yet:

‘The reaction to last year’s panto was overwhelming… we have proved beyond doubt that families in Brighton and Hove want a large-scale family pantomime back in the city. This year’s show promises to be our biggest and certainly most ambitious production… we are even building a bigger stage to fly Peter Pan in.’

Tickets are flying fast! Hook yours at brightonfamilypanto.com