Darren Day and Flawless lined up for Northampton pantomime

The cast of Peter Pan coming to Northampton
The cast of Peter Pan coming to Northampton

TV and theatre star Darren Day and dance sensation Flawless have been announced to star in the pantomime Peter Pan at Northampton's Royal & Derngate this Christmas period.

They will appear alongside comedy double act The Grumbleweeds and musical theatre star Rachel wooding in the show which runs from Friday December 7.

Actor, singer and television presenter Darren Day will play the dastardly Captain Hook. Darren has had a varied career having starred in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Grease, Summer Holiday and Godspell and numerous UK tours.

He since went on to host You Bet! and Don’t Try This at Home for ITV and appeared in The Bill and Holby City. Last year Darren came third in Celebrity Big Brother, released his album This is the Moment and starred as Tick in the UK tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Last year Darren starred as the Teen Angel in Grease across the UK, joined the cast of Sky TV comedy Stella, and starred in Hollyoaks and Holby City.

This year Darren will be seen in the feature films Rudy and Demon Eye. This production marks Darren’s third time donning the infamous hook.

Street dance troupe Flawless, made world famous having competed in the third series of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, have been a mainstay of the hip-hop dance scene for over a decade having been formed by Marlon Wallen and Amelia Benoit in 2005. That same year the troupe won the annual National UK Street Dancing Championships and made their television debut on the BBC’s The Slammer.

In 2009 the group auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent, unanimously winning over the show’s judges and voting public with their array of spectacular routines which saw them progress to the show’s finals. The following year the boys took to the road in their Chase the Dream tour, which played major theatres in the UK for three months, was released on DVD and, due to popular demand, sent back out on the road in 2011.

They made their feature film debut in 2010 in Street Dance 3D and its 2012 sequel StreetDance2, made guest appearances in EastEnders E20, collaborated with MOBO and Urban Music Award winner Chipmunk and appeared alongside Kylie Minogue in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen at th Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace which was broadcast live to the nation. They also appeared as part of the 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony and made history collaborating with the English National Ballet.

Robin Colvill and James Brandon, better known as The Grumbleweeds, will star alongside them as Smee and Starkey, Captain Hook’s first mates. Regulars on the UK comedy scene since the 1960s across radio, television, theatre, cabaret and pantomime the ‘guv’nors’ of live comedy will bring their inimitable style of family entertainment, musical comedy and laugh-out-loud routines to the production.

Musical theatre star Rachael Wooding plays the part of Mimi The Mermaid. Having taken leading roles in West End musicals We Will Rock You, Saturday Night Fever, Fame, Hairspray and Jersey Boys and the title role in the UK tour of Evita, Rachael wowed TV audiences in the 2016 series of Britain’s Got Talent. Rachael has also been seen in cameo roles in Coronation Street.

Produced once again by Qdos Entertainment, Peter Pan will bring all the laughter, spectacle, special effects and festive magic audiences have come to expect each year from Northampton’s ultimate pantomime.

Executive Producer for Qdos Entertainment, Jonathan Kiley, said: “We’re delighted to have such a wealth of talent starring in Peter Pan this year, from the amazing routines of Flawless to Darren Day’s unique and uniquely cool take on Captain Hook with the madcap comedy of The Grumbleweeds, and singing talent of Rachael Wooding it’s going to be a panto journey everyone will want to embark on this festive season.”

Jo Gordon, marketing and sales director at Royal & Derngate added: “Christmas is a very special time of year, when many children are introduced to theatre for the first time through pantomime. Peter Pan is such a magical story and I am excited that we can stage this spectacular production of such a firm family

favourite.”

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 Northampton’s high-flying pantomime adventure, Peter Pan, or they’ll be forced to walk the plank.

Peter Pan runs until Sunday December 30. For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 01604 624811 or visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk.