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Peter Pan among Norwich Theatre Royal's most successful pantomimes

PUBLISHED: 11:04 21 January 2015 | UPDATED: 11:04 21 January 2015

Norwich Theatre Royal pantomime - Peter Pan. Kevin Kennedy as Captain Hook with Ruth Betteridge as Wendy Darling, and John and Michael Darling

Norwich Theatre Royal pantomime - Peter Pan. Kevin Kennedy as Captain Hook with Ruth Betteridge as Wendy Darling, and John and Michael Darling

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Norwich Theatre Royal's latest pantomime has been a big success - oh yes it has!

The city venue has said the festive production of Peter Pan was one of the most financially successful pantomimes in the theatre’s history. A total of 60,996 tickets were sold for Peter Pan, beating the previous year’s sales of 60,063 for Cinderella.

Peter Wilson, Norwich Theatre Royal chief executive, said it was a great boost.

He said: “Though we present a year-round programme of practically every available live theatre form, the pantomime is the one we love most – because we produce it ourselves – and the one that means the most in terms of the financial viability of the Theatre Royal. So the success of Peter Pan has been a real boost to us.”

The pantomime cast was headed by former Coronation Street star Kevin Kennedy who played Captain Hook, and he was joined on stage by CBeebies presenter Sid Sloane as Aunt Delilah, Theatre Royal panto stalwart Richard Gauntlett who played the pirate Smee and wrote and directed the show, and Cromer Pier favourite Ben Langley who played the pirate Starkey.

During the pantomime’s month-long run audience members bought a massive 21,976 tubs of ice-cream, as well as 4,518 programmes, 6,705 pieces of merchandise, and 5,640 packets of sweets.

The show’s charity bucket collections raised more than £14,000. The show was in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and the organisation will benefit from the ticket sales.

The financial surplus generated by Peter Pan ticket sales will be ploughed back into the Theatre Royal and its work as an educational charity.

Meanwhile tickets are already selling well for the theatre’s 2015-16 pantomime which will be Snow White.

Nearly 13,000 tickets have already been booked for the production which opens on December 15 2015 and runs until January 17 2016. Tickets £7-£21.50. For more information and to book tickets, visit www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk or call the box office on 01603 630000.

Do you have a Norwich arts story? Email arts correspondent Emma Knights at emma.knights@archant.co.uk

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