Peter Pan is coming to New Victoria Theatre, Woking this winter bringing you a Christmas swashbuckling pantomime adventure.
How did you get into panto?
We walked into the theatre and went on stage and just… Oh, you mean how did we get our first pantomime? Well, our first pantomime was after we’d won Opportunity Knocks in 1967 and we were booked to go to Malvern in Worcestershire and then to Bridlington as well. We managed to do both in one year. That was our first two pantomimes in one year – 1967/68. The family were all in the business so we were brought up watching pantomimes with our dad – he used to play a Dame. Our older brothers played parts that we played so we were ready for it. I’ve done every year since – the only one I missed was the Covid year.
Tell us about your character, what is Starkey like to play?
Well, I don’t really know as we haven’t got the script yet. Him and Smee are crew for Captain Hook.
How do you feel about your costume?
It’s very good, very hot today because we’ve done this (our Panto Press Launch) on a September day when it’s 33 degrees. Hopefully it’s going to keep me warm during the pantomime. It’s nice and colourful – a really colourful costume.
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Yes, I like to lay down for about half an hour, put my feet and get some energy before going on stage. Apart from that no, not really.
What is the secret to a great pantomime?
Comedy. Fun. If people leave a pantomime whether it’s spectacular or good costumes and scenery or good singing, people will always go away loving the pantomime and remembering the comedy if they laugh enough.
What are you most looking forward to about spending Christmas in Woking?
Great stuff. The best thing for me is I’m far enough away I don’t have to go home and feed the kids because last year we were at Milton Keynes and travelled all the way back home for Christmas and I ended up cooking for 11 – my four sons, all their other halves, my granddaughter and my grandson. Just what you want when you have one day off. But here, we’ll stay in a hotel for the weekend.
What will Starkey buy Captain Hook for Christmas?
Another hook because that one’s a silver hook and it’s not very good. I’d buy him a gold one.
What is your favourite part about being in pantomime?
Fun, linking with the audience and audience participation. Getting people up on stage and that kind of thing and of course, the script. Acting out a play really – it’s a Christmas play.
And finally, what’s your top tip for Anton and the rest of the cast when it comes to panto?
I think this is Anton’s third pantomime so he’s done a few but be here, give it 100% every day – matinee or evening. Be cool and do it.
About Peter Pan Panto in Woking
Join Peter Pan and the characters you know and love this Christmas in this swashbuckling pantomime adventure.
Starring the King of Ballroom Anton Du Beke as Smee and comedian Paul Chuckle as Starkey, this family treat will include all your favourites! Starring Nigel Ellacott as Mrs. Smee, Bob Harms as Captain Hook, Georgia Brierley-Smith as Tink and Chloe Riley as Wendy.
With amazing special effects, stunning sets, beautiful costumes and barrel-loads of laughter, Peter Pan will take your whole family on a magical trip to Neverland like never before!
Be part of the panto magic and hook your tickets today!