Stage and television performer Ray Quinn will take on the title role in the concert staging of Stiles and Drewe’s Peter Pan – A Musical Adventure, making its return to the London stage at the Adelphi Theatre on Sunday 25 October for a matinee and evening performance.
Quinn is the latest key cast member to be confirmed following an earlier announcement of Bradley Walsh (Coronation Street, Law and Order UK, The Chase) as the villainous Captain Hook and Olivier Award-winning actress Jenna Russell (Call the Midwife, Songs For a New World, Soho Cinders) taking on the role of Mrs Darling.
Currently starring in a touring production of Puttin’ On the Ritz, Quinn first found fame as a child actor in the TV soap Brookside before claiming the runner-up spot to Leona Lewis in The X Factor. He would go on to take the crown in ITV’s Dancing On Ice and has starred in the West End in Grease, Dirty Dancing, Legally Blonde and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice.
Commenting on his latest role, Quinn said: “I’m very excited to be playing the infamous Peter Pan. He’s a character I have always admired as a person, in general… I never want to grow up either. My son in particular will enjoy seeing the magic come to life.”
The show’s producers Ollie Rosenblatt and Elliot Davis said: “Ray is in phenomenal vocal form at the moment. To hear him sing George and Anthony’s score is a joy.”
Stiles and Drewe added: “Having watched and enjoyed Ray’s performances on The X Factor a few years back, it was clear that he was a natural entertainer and that musical theatre would be an obvious home for him. We are delighted that he has agreed to join us as a decidedly cheeky Peter Pan in our musical adventure to Neverland.”
Based on J. M. Barrie’s classic, the production features music and lyrics by Stiles and Drewe (Honk! Mary Poppins, Betty Blue Eyes, Soho Cinders) and a book by the late Willis Hall.
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