Jennifer Saunders to star in ‘Peter Pan’ London Palladium pantomime

The Absolutely Fabulous actress will play Captain Hook in the Christmas production, joined by familiar faces including Julian Clary, Nigel Havers, and Gary Wilmot.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

Second star to the right, and straight on to the West End. Jennifer Saunders will make her London Palladium pantomime debut in Peter Pan this winter. Peter Pan runs from 9 December to 14 Jan. 2024.

"I could not be more delighted to be doing my first panto ever at the Palladium. I am a huge fan of panto and The Palladium always delivers. I wouldn’t want to be in Peter Pan's tiny soft shoes let me tell you, because I am going to give Hook my all!” said Saunders. The Sister Act and Blithe Spirit actress will play Captain Hook.

The Peter Pan cast includes many Palladium pantomime regulars: Julian Clary as Seaman Smee, Paul Zerdin as Starkey, Nigel Havers as Pirate Nigel, Gary Wilmot as Mrs. Henrietta Hook, and Rob Madge as Tink. Further casting, including the roles of Peter Pan and Wendy Darling, will be announced at a later date.

Michael Harrison directs, with set design by Mark Walters, costume design by Hugh Durrant, choreography by Karen Bruce, lighting design by Ben Cracknell, sound design by Gareth Owen, and composition and orchestrations by Gary Hind.

Peter Pan will be at the London Palladium.

Photo credit: Jennifer Saunders (Photo courtesy of production)

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