Boy George takes on the role of Captain Hook
August 25, 2023
It may still seem a long way off, but tickets are already selling fast for Hammersmith's top festive events, which this year includes Cinderella at the Lyric and Peter Pan flying into the Eventim Apollo, with none other than Boy George playing baddie Captain Hook.
The Lyric also offers Raymond Briggs' much loved Father Christmas for the little ones and for two nights only, Joe Stilgoe's very popular Christmas at The Lyric.
Cinderella sees the return of writer and composer Vikki Stone to the Lyric after winning Best Script at The British Panto Awards for the theatre's production of Aladdin in 2021. This means the panto, always a Hammersmith highlight, will offer the mix of magic, rip-roaring comedy, live music and the usual twist audiences have come to know and love.
Cinderella will run from November 18 till January 6, 2024 in the Lyric's Main House, and is suitable for ages six and up. Younger children meanwhile can join Santa as he awakes from a dream of sun, sea and sand only to find it is the busiest day of the year: Christmas Eve and he has to prepare for his Christmas deliveries, feed his reindeer and finally take flight into the snowy night.
This Lyric family favourite, co-produced with the Olivier Award-nominated Pins & Needles Productions, will run from November 22 till December 30 in the Lyric's Studio.
For grown-ups meanwhile, Joe Stilgoe's Christmas at The Lyric is an annual treat, bringing festive cheer, ridiculous audience interaction and virtuoso musicianship to the party. As well as his own all-star band there will be music from The Salvation Army Brass Band and the globally renowned Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir. This show, taking place on two nights only - December 11 and 18 - always sells out quickly so fans are advised to book early.
You can find out more about all these shows and book tickets here.
At the Eventim Apollo, the celebrations continue in January 2024, with a big budget adaptation of J.M Barrie's classic tale Peter Pan flying in for three days only - January 5, 6 and 7.
This “supersize spectacle” will feature Boy George playing Peter Pan's nemesis Captain Hook. He says, " I'm really looking forward to playing Captain Hook and showing off my evil side! I make my first entrance on a life size galleon that sails around the stage in front of an amazing water-wall fountain.
“Although the show has traditional pantomime elements, it is so much more, being a mix of cirque and spectacular event … and I get a chance to fight a giant animatronic crocodile. What's not to like?”
The show will have a cast of fifty including a dozen cirque performers, aerial stunts, a giant battle where the audience throw cannonballs at Hook's ship and a death-defying escape from a locked water tank by rising comedy star Jordan Conway playing Peter Pan, plus a large troupe of Irish and Highland dancers.
The Eventim Apollo will also offer a series of events during December, including Sophie Ellis-Bextor's Christmas Disco on December 5, Leona Lewis' Christmas With Love on December 12, and screenings of some favourite seasonal movies accompanied by a live orchestra including The Holiday, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Love Actually and How The Grinch Stole Christmas.
Find out more and book tickets here.
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