Escape to Neverland this Christmas with Exeter Northcott Theatre and the boy who never grew up…
This Christmas Exeter Northcott Theatre presents a brand-new adaptation of the much-loved J.M Barrie classic, Peter Pan.
Directed by Exeter Northcott’s Artistic and Executive Director Paul Jepson, join Wendy, John and Michael as they soar into the night sky with Peter to a magical land of mermaids and fairy dust, where children can fly and exciting adventures happen every day. But beware – danger is just around the corner. Captain Hook and the pirates are looking for revenge and Peter Pan is top of their list!
Having previously been the resident pantomime dame at the Exeter Northcott between 1996 and 2010, Steve Bennett returns to the theatre as Tinker Bell. The cast also includes Laura Prior as Peter Pan, Kerry Peers as Captain Hook, Macy Nyman as Wendy, Mark Carlisle as Smee and Greg Hall as Starkey. The production has mirrored tradition by casting the title role as a female actor, as well as switching the gender roles of two other characters.
Once again, current Cygnet Theatre students will perform in the Exeter Northcott Christmas production. Tiger Lily will be played by Jessica Parsons and Captain Hook’s trusty crew of pirates will be played by Guy Dennys, Marissa Rowell, Damian Schedler Cruz, Scott Simpson and Jake Sullivan.
The roles of John and Michael Darling will split equally between two teams of actors throughout the run, with Charlie Killen and Gabriel Drake playing John, and Brandon Tayler-Young and Fenn Gillmore playing the role of Michael.
Completing the cast will be twenty children from around Devon who will play the roles of the Lost Boys.
Featuring the modern and innovative design of award-winning Ellan Parry, live music, death defying feats of flying and a generous sprinkling of fairy dust, let your imagination soar in this magical new stage adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic story – the perfect festive treat for all the family.
For further information and to request interviews, review tickets and images, please contact Jenny Hogg on 01392 722 408 or email her.
Notes to Editors
Peter Pan will run from Fri 2 December 2016 – Sun 1 January 2017
Exeter Northcott Theatre’s Peter Pan is a play, not a pantomime.
All cast members are available for interviews
Cast Images can be found here (click on the images Tab and then right click the images to download): https://exeternorthcott.co.uk/news/
Tinkerbell/Mr Darling: Steve Bennett
Smee: Mark Carlisle
Cecco: Guy Dennys
Starkey: Greg Hall
Wendy: Macy Nyman
Tiger Lily: Jessica Parsons
Captain Hook/Mrs Darling: Kerry Peers
Peter Pan: Laura Prior
Mullins: Marissa Rowell
Noodles: Damian Schedler Cruz
Great Big Little Panther/Jukes: Scott Simpson
Lean Wolf/Cookson: Jake Sullivan
John Darling Gabriel Drake / Charlie Killen
Michael Darling Brandon Tayler-Young / Fenn Gillmore
Director: Paul Jepson
Production Design: Ellan Parry
Composer/Musical Director: Greg Hall
Fight Instructor: Mark Ruddick
Assistant Director: Stuart Cottrell
Assistant Director: Michael Smith
Production Manager/Lighting Design: Dominic Jeffery
Video Designer: Daniel Denton
Sound Designer: Steve Reynolds
Costume Designer and Supervisor: Amanda Brothwell
Company Stage Manager: Helen Gaynor
Deputy Stage Manager (book): Hannah Halden
Assistant Stage Manager: Katie Evans
Steve Bennett trained at R.A.D.A. and began his professional career at the Northcott Theatre over thirty years ago playing Philip Welsh in Terrance Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea. Over the years Steve became a Exeter regular playing in over 70 professional production including roles as diverse as Gabriel Oak in Far From the Madding Crowd, Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Magwich in Great Expectations, Gordon in Neville’s Island, Toad in Toad of Toad Hall, Lucky Eric in Bouncers and Harry in Harry in the Moonlight.
Laura Prior trained at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama. Theatre credits include: Early Doors (Bolton Octagon, NTT) Wendy and Peter Pan (RSC) MatchFit (The Old Vic, OVNV) The Keepers of Infinite Space (The Park Theatre) Potholes (Theatre 503) The Midnight Princess (The Rose Theatre, Kingston) Eisteddfod (HighTide) The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare’s Globe) Epidemic (Old Vic New Voices) Blue Sky/Green Forest (The Arcola) The Witch of Edmonton (Sam Wanamaker Festival – Shakespeare’s Globe).
Kerry Peers trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Her credits include: Much Ado About Nothing (Theatr Clwyd); Jumpy (TheatrClwyd); Shirley Valentine (Frinton Summer Theatre); Sherlock Holmes: The Best KeptSecret (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Edith Frank in Anne Frank (York & Tour); Diana inAbsent Friends (Oldham); A Song at Twilight (Tour); Dead Funny and Brighton Beach
Memoirs (Oldham Coliseum), winning the Manchester Evening News Theatre Award for
Best Supporting Actress; and At 50 She Discovered the Sea (Liverpool Playhouse.)
Her television credits include: Hollyoaks (Lime); Open Doors (LA Productions); The Case
(Lime Pictures); Shameless (Channel 4); The Royal (ITV); Hollyoaks (Lime Pictures);
Waterloo Road (Shed Productions); Doctors, Casualty, Unnatural Pursuits (BBC); We
Are Seven, The Marshall (HTV); Chimera (Zenith Productions); Family Affairs (Thames)
and September Song (Granada.)
Kerry is perhaps best known for her roles as WDC Suzi Croft in The Bill (Thames) and Helen Carey in Brookside (Mersey).
Macy Nyman trained at LAMDA. Her credits include Goosebumps Alive! (The Vaults) The BFG (Octogon Theatre, Bolton), Love Labours Lost (LAMDA), The Coroner (BBC), Poirot (ITV) and the film, Run Fatboy Run.
Mark Carlisle trained at the Webber Douglas Academy and his credits include : As You Like It (Watch Your Head Theatre Company); Pinocchio (Sutton Theatres); Once (Phoenix Theatre); The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Duchess Theatre & Chichester): Far From the Madding Crowd (Middle Ground), A View from the Bridge (Touring Consortium), Tartuffe (NTC), The Firebird (MAC), Henry V and The Taming of the Shrew (Festival Players), West Side Story (Pola Jones), Don Quixote (Oxfordshire Touring Theatre), The Herbal Bed (RSC), The Crucible (Sheffield Crucible), The Innocents (Greenwich Theatre), Carmen 1936 (Northern Stage Company), Red Dwarf; Bad Girl (BBC film) and The Chief.
Greg Hall is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and performer. Theatre credits include The National Theatre, The Salisbury Playhouse, Travelling Light, Orange Tree Theatre and Polka Theatre.
Greg is a member of Minima, one of Europe’s leading silent film accompaniment bands. He has had songs and compositions featured on film and television worldwide, including the Shane Meadows film ‘Le Donk & Scor-Zay-Zee’ (Warp Films). He has also worked as an ethnomusicologist for the British Library.’