Peter Pan with flying effects and 3D underwater sequence at Hull New Theatre

A sparkling line-up of six stars will feature in the biggest pantomime line-up in recent history at Hull New Theatre this Christmas with flying effects and 3D underwater sequence.

Darren Day, Brendan Sheerin, Charlie Hardwick, Jonny Labey, Sid Sloane and Ricky K lead the cast in Peter Pan, the high-flying adventure.

The sensational six will set sail up the Humber and dock in Kingston Square in December to star in the first pantomime to be performed at the venue following its £16m refurbishment.

The stunning production will also take the audience soaring into the sky with breath-taking flying effects and deep into the ocean with an incredible 3D underwater sequence

Actor, singer and television presenter Darren Day will play the dastardly Captain Hook.

Darren has previously starred in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Grease, Summer Holiday and Godspell and numerous UK tours.

He hosted You Bet! and Don’t Try This at Home for ITV and appeared in The Bill and Holby City.

Last year, Darren came third in Celebrity Big Brother, released his album This is the Moment and starred as Tick in the UK tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

Darren is currently starring as the Teen Angel in Grease across the UK.

Joining him in Peter Pan as Starkey is veteran travel expert Brendan Sheerin. Brendan became a household name through Channel 4’s runaway hit reality programme Coach Trip.

Having started his travel career in Costa Brava in the late 70s, Coach Trip and Celebrity Coach Trip catapulted Brendan to fame, with more than 300 episodes having aired since the series started in 2005.

Brendan’s other TV credits include Brendan’s Magical Mystery Tour and Brendan’s Love Cruise.

Brendan has written about his travel adventures in his autobiography, My Life: A Coach Trip Adventure.

Best-known for her role as Val Pollard, Charlie Hardwick was a regular on ITV1’s soap Emmerdale from 2004 until 2015.

In that time, she proved a hit with soap fans and critics alike and was nominated six times for Best Comedy Performance at the British Soap Awards, an accolade she won in 2006.

In addition to her television work, Charlie has also appeared in the films Purely Belter, Billy Elliot and The Scar (for which she won the Best Actress award at the Monte Carlo Film Awards).

She also appeared in the UK tour of Cooking with Elvis alongside Frank Skinner and The Awkward Squad.

Charlie will play the Magical Mermaid, guiding the high-flying hero Peter Pan, the Darling family and the Lost Boys from the evil clutches of the dastardly Captain Hook.

EastEnders star Jonny Labey rose to fame playing the infamous Paul Coker in the popular BBC soap for more than 100 episodes, in addition to roles in the film Soft Lad and starring in the popular ITV talent competition Dance, Dance, Dance where he wowed the nation with his impressive dance routines.

No stranger to the stage, Jonny has starred in the West End in In the Heights and White Christmas and performed at the Edinburgh Festival as the lead character in Verge of Strife to critical acclaim.

Jonny will play the high-flying hero, Peter Pan.

Having starred on television screens for 13 years on CBeebies, presenter Sid Sloane has subsequently toured the UK with his one-man production Sid’s Show where young fans had the opportunity to meet their favourite star.

Sid has also worked for the BBC on voice-overs and radio dramas and still regularly appears on CBeebies on the much-loved show Let’s Play. Sid will be playing Big Chief Sitting Sid, the chief of Neverland.

Completing the line-up is Britain’s Got Talent star Ricky K as Smee.

Ricky regularly tours internationally with his unique blend of physical, observational and zany comedy, travelling the globe and entertaining millions.

In 2014 Ricky auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent, wowing the judges and audiences with his self-penned routine The Fairy Tale of Love, which received a huge global response.

From 75,000 applicants, Ricky got through to the live finals which were seen by more than five million viewers.

Peter Pan is set to be the biggest pantomime to play Hull New Theatre in recent history, with spectacular high-flying effects, an unmissable underwater 3D sequence which will take the audience on an adventure deep into the ocean and all of the ingredients of a traditional family pantomime.

With a fabulous cast and orchestra, laugh-out-loud comedy, bundles of audience participation, stunning scenery and special effects, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses for all the family, East Yorkshire audiences won’t want to miss this theatrical treat.

Peter Pan will be staged by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer and the same team behind the Hull New Theatre panto since 2005.

Executive Producer for Qdos Entertainment Jonathan Kiley said: “We cannot wait to bring our production of Peter Pan to Hull this Christmas and to have six stars leading the cast we’re thrilled that we will be presenting such a gigantic production in such an exciting year for the city. Hull is in for a treat.”

Finally, in a twist on the traditional story and to honour Hull UK City of Culture 2017, Peter Pan will no longer be set in London, with the Darling family instead hailing from Hull.

Peter Pan will be performed at Hull New Theatre from Thursday, December 7 to Sunday, December 31.

 Tickets are from £14.50 with concessions available. They go on sale at 10am on Friday, May 5.

 Extras members receive priority booking from 10am on Thursday, May 4.

 Extras members also receive a £10 discount on the top two ticket prices on the opening night and a £4 discount on the top two ticket prices on Monday to Thursday shows.

Book at the Hull City Hall box office or call 01482 300 306. Visitwww.hulltheatres.co.uk to book online.

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