Panto stars launch Royal & Derngate’s Peter Pan at Riverside Hub

Darren Day, Flawless, The Grumbleweeds and Abigail Dever launched this year’s pantomime – Peter Pan – at Northampton’s Riverside Hub play centre.

The cast had a swashbuckling time at the soft play area to officially kick off this year’s Royal & Derngate panto.

Actor, singer and television presenter Darren Day will play the dastardly Captain Hook, and this production marks Darren’s third time donning the infamous hook. Darren has had a varied career having starred in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Grease, Summer Holiday and Godspell and numerous UK tours. He since went on to host You Bet! and Don’t Try This at Home for ITV and appeared in The Bill and Holby City.

Street dance troupe Flawless, made world famous having competed in the third series of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, have been a mainstay of the hip-hop dance scene for over a decade having been formed by Marlon Wallen and Amelia Benoit in 2005. That same year the troupe won the annual National UK Street Dancing Championships and made their television debut on the BBC’s The Slammer.

Robin Colvill and James Brandon, better known as The Grumbleweeds, will star alongside them as Smee and Starkey, Captain Hook’s first mates. Regulars on the UK comedy scene since the 1960s across radio, television, theatre, cabaret and pantomime the ‘guv’nors’ of live comedy will bring their inimitable style of family entertainment, musical comedy and laugh-out-loud routines to the production.

Abigail Dever will play the role of Tinker Bell. Abi has performed in hit Andrew Lloyd Webber music Starlight Express across the world since 2011 and has previously starred as Princess in Jack and the Beanstalk.

Produced once again by Qdos Entertainment, Peter Pan will bring all the laughter, spectacle, special effects and festive magic audiences have come to expect each year from Northampton’s ultimate pantomime.

Packed to the crows-nest with laugh-out-loud comedy, spectacular special effects, music, action and, audiences shouldn’t leave it any longer to hook tickets to Northampton’s high-flying pantomime adventure, Peter Pan, or they’ll be forced to walk the plank. Peter Pan runs from Friday 7 to Sunday 30 December. For more information or to book tickets, call Box Office on 01604 624811 or visit

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Becki is a theatre lover originally from Birmingham. She founded On Stage Northants in 2017, and is passionate about promoting Northampton performing arts. She also works for Royal & Derngate as Marketing and Press Assistant. Can usually be found behind the scenes, and occasionally in front of them too. Becki also blogs at StageyRebel