Peter Pan panto sells 1,000 early tickets

A THEATRE has already sold more than 1,000 tickets for its Christmas panto eight months early.

Peter Pan does not open at the Lighthouse Theatre in Kettering until December 8, but the bargain hunters have already snapped up more than 1,000 early-bird tickets.

Theatre manager Lucy Hatfield said: “Peter Pan will be our third professional pantomime and it is wonderful that Kettering has embraced the tradition of panto in the town.

“We have seen our audiences increase each year and it has become an annual family outing for local people.

“This is why we have continued to keep the ticket prices at affordable rates while ensuring the production is of a high quality.”

The box office only opened four weeks ago and the celebrity cast is yet to be announced but organised families have already booked their seats.

In previous years the theatre has waited until the summer before putting tickets on sale, but had demands from audiences and local schools who wanted the opportunity to book early.

Producer Paul Hammond, of Hammond Pantomimes, said: “We understand how important it is for many families to keep costs down over the Christmas period, by booking early they can benefit from the fantastic early bird prices and ensure they get the best seats for this magical show.”

Peter Pan will follow on from the success of Cinderella at the Lighthouse last Christmas, which starred Danny Young and Christine and Neil Hamilton.

All early bird child tickets for the panto, which will run until December 30, cost £10.

There are also savings on family tickets.

Producers of the show will be auditioning for local children to play Lost Boys and Indians in September 2012.

The theatre website will be updated with audition dates and details over the coming weeks.