Peter Pan flew by to Venue Cymru for this year’s Panto

VENUE CYMRU PANTOMIME CAST SET SAIL FOR LLANDUDNO AND LAUNCH THIS YEAR’S MUST-SEE, HIGH-FLYING SHOW, PETER PAN!

The stars of Venue Cymru’s spectacular family pantomime Peter Pan disembarked the Jolly Roger and launched this year’s production in style from North Shore Beach. Former Coronation Street star Ryan Thomas was joined by much-loved local Dame Andy Jones and theatre star Pauline Daniels in proving it’s never too early to book tickets to this year’s pantomime which sets sail on Saturday 9 December.

Salford-born Ryan burst onto television screens on Christmas Day in 2000 in the role of Jason Grimshaw in the iconic ITV soap Coronation Street, a role he played for over 16 years. Best known for romantic entanglements, Ryan left Weatherfield last year in an emotional departure following the death of his on-screen father.

Ryan Thomas as Hook (Venue Cymru)

Ryan Thomas as Hook (Venue Cymru)

Peter Pan marks Ryan’s second pantomime appearance having made his debut as Prince Charming in Cinderella for producers Qdos Entertainment last year. This year Ryan will swap searching for the girl who fits the glass slipper for a more malevolent search of Neverland to hunt down the boy who refuses to grow up, the high-flying hero Peter Pan, and his band of Lost Boys.

Qdos Entertainment’s Executive Producer of Peter Pan Jonathan Kiley said: “Ryan is an absolute natural in pantomime, and we are delighted that he will be leading the cast of North Wales’ biggest pantomime this Christmas. This year’s production promises all the laughs, audience participation and magic Llandudno have come to expect each festive season, and we can’t wait to bring our show to them this Christmas.”

Joining him as Mrs Smee, the matriarch of the Jolly Roger will be Llandudno’s dame-in-residence and North Wales resident Andy Jones, making his 36th pantomime appearance having delighted Venue Cymru audiences in last year’s pantomime, Aladdin. This year will see Andy don even more outrageous frocks and take to the high seas with plenty of laughs, local references and hilarious comedy routines.

Andy Jones as Mrs Smee (Venue Cymru)

Andy Jones as Mrs Smee (Venue Cymru)

Pauline Daniels will join them as Mimi the Magical Mermaid. The Birkenhead-born actress is no stranger to the stage having appeared regularly in theatres across the UK for over thirty years. In that time she has held leading roles in A Saint She Ain’t at London’s Apollo Theatre, Willy Russell’s acclaimed one-woman play Shirley Valentine, Our Day Out and Dirty Dusting at the Royal Court and television work including ITV’s Blue Murder, The Street and Brookside.

Pauline Daniels will join them as Mimi the Magical Mermaid

Pauline Daniels will join them as Mimi the Magical Mermaid

Venue Cymru’s Marketing Manager Richard Jones said: “Venue Cymru’s pantomime is such a popular tradition for families around North Wales and tickets are already selling very well, so I would encourage families to book early in order to get seats as close to the magic as possible over this year’s festivities!”

Peter Pan, which is adapted from the original by J M Barrie, runs at Venue Cymru from Saturday 9 to Sunday 31 December 2017. Hook your seats today for Peter Pan by visiting www.venuecymru.co.uk or calling 01492 872000!