Reprising the role of The Storyteller, British actress Sheila Hancock has been confirmed as the latest name to take to the stage for 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.
Hancock is the latest key cast member to be confirmed following an earlier announcement of Ray Quinn (Puttin’ On the Ritz, Dancing On Ice, X Factor) in the title role, 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.
Hancock is known for her work across stage and screen, with notable credits including the original London cast of Annie, the West End revival of Cabaret (for which she won an Olivier Award) and Sweeney Todd. The actress originally played the role of The Storyteller in the 2001 musical in a concert production of Peter Pan alongside her late husband, the actor John Thaw.
Producers Ollie Rosenblatt and Elliot Davis said: “The Peter Pan concert continues to develop into a company of stellar talent. We are delighted to welcome the phenomenal Sheila Hancock as The Storyteller, ensuring that this is a very special matinee and evening not to be missed. As producers we couldn’t be prouder.”
George Stiles and Anthony Drewe added: “There is magic in Sheila’s voice and it will be very special for us to hear her return to the role she created 14 years on.”
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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