Washington actor’s purr-fect role at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal

Rat & Cat - Steve Arnott and Pete Peverley
Rat & Cat - Steve Arnott and Pete Peverley
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A Washington actor will be getting his claws into a purr-fect role this Christmas.

Peter Peverley is ‘feline’ great about appearing as Little Bobby the Cat in Dick Whittington at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal.

The actor made his panto debut last year in the theatre’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and had audiences in stitches playing Little Bobby the Dwarf – a nod to his Bobby Thompson comedy routine.

The role followed the huge success of his one-man show about the popular North East comedian in 2013.

Peter, who has appeared on TV in Byker Grove, Emmerdale and Spender, said: “I’m really excited to be playing Little Bobby the Cat – it’s a great honour and a real treat.

“Theatre Royal pantomimes are like no other pantos on the planet – they are truly spectacular, and year on year keep blowing their box office targets as word travels further afield.

“I loved playing Little Bobby the Dwarf last year and I have no doubt that this year’s show will be another unforgettable experience.”

He will be joined on stage by Theatre Royal panto regulars Danny Adams, Clive Webb and Chris Hayward, as well as former Emmerdale actress Charlie Hardwick, who will play Spirit of the Tyne.

Dick Whittington is the only pantomime believed to be based on a true story, and one of the few of truly British origin.

There actually was a Richard Whittington, and he did become Lord Mayor of London in the late 14th and early 15th centuries.

l Dick Whittington is at Theatre Royal Newcastle from November 24 to January 17.

 Get tickets by calling 08448 11 21 21.