It’s been announced which stars will be getting you hooked in this year’s Sunderland Empire pantomime.
Bringing the classic tale of Peter Pan to life will be former Eastenders and Hollyoaks actor Jamie Lomas as Captain Hook; CBBC’s Richard McCourt aka Dick from Dick and Dom as Hook’s right-hand man Mr Smee; Melanie Walters from BBC’s Bafta-winning series Gavin and Stacey as Mrs Darling and West End actor Josh Andrews as Peter Pan.
In 2017, Jamie Lomas was crowned runner up in ITV’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here after completing a number of gruelling bush tucker trials. Jamie is best-known for playing bad boy Warren Fox in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks. And in 2013, Jamie swapped Chester for Albert Square, where he played troubled character Jake Stone in Eastenders.
Richard McCourt’s first ever panto was at Sunderland Empire in 1999 when he played Wishee Washee in Aladdin alongside Cobra the Gladiator. For the past 22 years, Richard has been better known as one half of the multi-award winning Dick and Dom and this winter he’s going solo for panto. Dick and Dom have hosted many popular shows over the years, including the double Bafta winning Dick and Dom in da Bungalow, the Bafta winning Diddy Movies, Diddy TV, Splatalot and the Legend of Dick and Dom.
Melanie Walters is best-known for her role as Gwen West in the Bafta-winning series Gavin and Stacey for the BBC alongside James Corden and Ruth Jones.
More casting will be announced closer to the time.
Visitors to the Tall Ships Races will be able to get a preview of the panto when the cast appear on stage on Thursday, July 12.
Taking place from 5.20pm to 5.45pm, the free event will take place at St Peter’s Riverside Stage in event Zone C.
A limited number of goody bags will be available, plus the chance to win pantomime tickets. People are invited to attend in fancy dress.
•Peter Pan will be at Sunderland Empire from December 14 to January 6. Tickets are available from the Box Office on High Street West, via the ticket centre 0844 871 3022 or www.ATGtickets.com/Sunderland.