Latest news / 5 September, 2019
A further set of stars have been announced to be setting sail alongside the previously announced Marti Pellow, Darren Day, Jaymi Hensley and The Grumbleweeds in this year’s unmissable swashbuckling pirate adventure, Peter Pan, from Saturday 14 December until Sunday 5 January.
X Factor finalist Cassie Compton will be joined by musical theatre star Micha Richardson, actress Kellie Gnauck and the acrobatic prowess of Cirque Berserk’s very own Timbuktu Tumblers ensuring this year’s panto will be unmissable treat for all the family.
A finalist on the first ever series of ITV’s The X Factor, Cassie Compton has remained one of the show’s most successful alumni, carving out a successful career as an actress. Cassie has held starring roles in American Psycho opposite Matt Smith, played Eponine in Les Misérables, Nessarose in Wicked, Elizabeth in Dirty Dancing and Mary in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Secret Garden. On television she has also starred in Mr Selfridge for ITV, Call the Midwife, Casualty, Love in a Cold Climate and Murder Rooms (all for the BBC). Cassie will play Wendy Darling, the eldest sibling of John and Michael who, with thanks to Peter Pan, learn how to fly and travel to Neverland on an adventure they will never forget.
Micha Richardson joins her, playing the leader of the Neverlanders, Tiger Lily. Micha is currently starring as Nicki Marron on the critically-acclaimed UK tour of The Bodyguard, often appearing in the lead role of Rachel, singing the unforgettable hit songs of Whitney Houston. She has also appeared in Dusty the Musical, held various roles in the Asian tour of The Bodyguard, and appeared in Mamma Mia, Xanadu, Hairspray, Fame, We Will Rock You and in Legally Blonde, appearing in the West End, on tour across the UK and internationally.
Starring with them as Peter Pan’s fairy sidekick Tinker Bell is actress Kellie Gnauck. Kellie made her stage debut in her native Australia twelve years ago in a production of La Boheme for Opera Australia before making her big screen debut as a featured dancer in Baz Lurhman’s renowned movie adaption of The Great Gatsby. Since then she has appeared internationally in productions for Universal Studios, on board numerous cruise lines and appeared in the ensemble, and as the understudy to the role of Eva Peron in the UK tour of Evita and its West End residency at the Phoenix Theatre in London.
Taking acrobatic art from the streets of Africa to a whole new level, The Timbuktu Tumblers will also star as The Neverlander’s; Tiger Lily’s very own troupe of acrobats, performing eye-popping physical feats, including human pyramids, jumping through hoops and flaming limbo poles in a set piece that will dazzle and amaze. Regulars across the world’s circus circuit, the boys most recently appeared as part of Cirque Berserk in London’s West End and across the UK, and have starred in Peter Pan at the Theatre Royal Newcastle and last year at the Birmingham Hippodrome.
They will join the award-winning vocalist and actor Marti Pellow as Captain Hook, television and stage star Darren Day as Smee, X Factor finalist and Union J frontman Jaymi Hensley as Peter Pan and comedy double act The Grumbleweeds as the Pirates. For the third consecutive year, Mayflower Theatre’s pantomime will be directed and choreographed by Andrew Wright, the creative force behind hit productions including Half a Sixpence, Singin’ in the Rain and Guys and Dolls.
Peter Pan will once again be produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer, and the team behind the annual Mayflower Theatre panto for the last seven years. This year’s production will also feature original music written by Marti Pellow, an eye-popping galleon, magical special effects and the biggest crocodile to ever be seen on the south coast.
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 Mayflower Theatre’s high-flying pantomime adventure, Peter Pan, or they’ll be forced to walk the plank.