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Star of stage, screen and musical theatre, Paul Nicholas, is confirmed to play Captain Hook alongside Bath pantomime favourite Jon Monie as Smee in the Theatre Royal’s swashbuckling Christmas treat Peter Pan, which will run from 13 December to 13 January.

Much-loved comedian Jon Monie returns by huge popular demand to play Smee, and he will enter the record books when he makes his 1,000th Bath pantomime performance during the run of this production of Peter Pan. A real favourite with Theatre Royal audiences having starred in Bath pantomimes regularly since 1996, Jon is an award-winning comedian who has worked as a regular television presenter for both ITV and BBC. Now marking his 17th Christmas show at the Theatre Royal, Jon has delighted panto-goers with his critically acclaimed comic roles in more than 950 performances in Bath previously. Most recently, he played Muddles in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 2017 and Wishee Washee in Aladdin in 2016.

Photographer Freia Turland

Alongside the experienced company of professional actors performing in Peter Pan, this year’s pantomime will also feature the delightful young dancers from Bath’s Dorothy Coleborn School of Dance, fresh from their sell-out performances of Raising the Barre at the Theatre Royal Bath earlier this year.

When Peter Pan flies into the Darling children’s nursery one night and whisks them off to Neverland, a thrilling adventure begins in the magical world of Tinkerbell, Tiger Lily and the Lost Boys, where they do battle with the dastardly Captain Hook and his pirate crew. Packed with comedy, singing, dancing, beautiful costumes and plenty of audience participation, Peter Pan promises to be an unmissable, swashbuckling Christmas treat for audiences of all ages – with flying, CGI special effects and all the traditional ingredients that make Bath pantomimes so special.

Peter Pan will appear at the Theatre Royal Bath from Thursday 13th December 2018 to Sunday 13th January 2019. Tickets are on sale now with an early bird discount for bookings on specific performances paid for by the end of October.

To book tickets contact the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844 or visit