Royal & Derngate announce this year’s Panto cast for Peter Pan

TV and theatre star Darren Day, dance sensation Flawless, hilarious comedy double act The Grumbleweeds and musical theatre star Rachael Wooding will lead the cast of this year’s pantomime, Peter Pan, from Friday 7 December.

Actor, singer and television presenter Darren Day will play the dastardly Captain Hook. Darren has had a varied career having starred in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Grease, Summer Holiday, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Godspell, as well as appearances on The Bill and Holby City, and hosting You Bet! and Don’t Try This At Home for ITV.

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. They’ve made appearances in StreetDance 3D and its 2012 sequel StreetDance2, made guest appearances in EastEnders E20, collaborated with MOBO and Urban Music Award winner Chipmunk and appeared alongside Kylie Minogue in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen at the Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace which was broadcast live to the nation. They also appeared as part of the 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony and made history collaborating with the English National Ballet.

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.

Musical theatre star Rachael Wooding plays the part of Mimi The Mermaid. Having taken leading roles in West End musicals We Will Rock You, Saturday Night Fever, Fame, Hairspray and Jersey Boys and the title role in the UK tour of Evita, Rachael wowed TV audiences in the 2016 series of Britain’s Got Talent. Rachael has also been seen in cameo roles in Coronation Street.

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.

Executive Producer for Qdos Entertainment, Jonathan Kiley, said: “We’re delighted to have such a wealth of talent starring in Peter Pan this year, from the amazing routines of Flawless to Darren Day’s unique and uniquely cool take on Captain Hook with the madcap comedy of The Grumbleweeds, and singing talent of Rachael Wooding it’s going to be a panto journey everyone will want to embark on this festive season.”

Jo Gordon, Marketing and Sales Director at Royal & Derngate added: “Christmas is a very special time of year when many children are introduced to theatre for the first time through pantomime. Peter Pan is such a magical story and I am excited that we can stage this spectacular production of such a firm family favourite.”

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