Joe Pasquale set for panto

Joe Pasquale in Peter Pan
Joe Pasquale in Peter Pan

Comedian Joe Pasquale is looking forward to returning to Northampton from tomorrow (Friday) when he appears in Peter Pan at the Royal and Derngate.

He plays the part of Mr Smee in the classic pantomime which will be at the theatre over the festive period.

He is joined by Ceri Dupree on a magical trip to Neverland in the swashbuckling pantomime adventure.

But beware… Captain Hook, played by Alex Giannini, is on the prowl. Look out for pirates, crocodiles, lost boys and fairies along the way in this unmissable story for all for all the family.

With spectacular special effects, stunning costumes, comedy in abundance and all the audience participation you’d want from a family pantomime, this is a theatrical treat that everyone will treasure.

Joe said: “I have been doing pantomime for more than 30 years and it is never a case of saying I want to do a certain show in a certain place.

“I’ll get a phone call and I get asked if I would like to do it and this time it was the part of Mr Smee at Peter Pan in Northampton.”

It will be a return to the stage having appeared in Jack and the Beanstalk 10 years ago and having performed at the theatre doing stand up.

Explaining why he has been doing pantomime for more than three decades, Joe said: “There is something very magical about pantomime and it is a lot of fun to do.

“For a lot of children, a pantomime is the first show they come to see at the theatre and from there they are hooked. I remember seeing Wendy Craig in pantomime and I was hooked from that point on.

“It is difficult as children have access to video games and so much technology but if you can get them into a theatre then you can captivate them because they really get into it. And then you have a theatre goer for life.

“There are a lot of people who don’t take pantomime seriously but I always remember that it is going to be someone’s first time seeing a show and I don’t want them to go away disappointed with what they have seen. I always give it a 110 per cent.”

Joe will be keeping very busy and already has plans for after the pantomime.

He said: “I will be appearing in the Monty Python musical Spamalot playing King Arthur.

“I finish on Sunday and go straight in on the Monday to rehearsals for that before we go on tour. I like the fact that I can go straight from a pantomime into a musical.

“As you can imagine, I am going to be bringing something different to the role of King Arthur.”

Peter Pan is on from Friday, December 5 to Sunday, January 4.

Tickets for the show can be booked by calling the box office on 01604 624811 or by visiting www.royalandderngate.co.uk.