Theatre Royal pantomime Peter Pan headlined by Joe Pasquale and Only Fools and Horses star John Challis

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Joe Pasquale and John Challis will lead the cast at the Theatre Royal's pantomime Peter Pan later this year

Theatre Royal’s pantomime Peter Pan will this year be headlined by comedian Joe Pasquale and Only Fools and Horses star John Challis who played Boycie in the hit sitcom.

Joe Pasquale will lead the cast in the role of Smee having previously starred in the West End production of Spamalot and appeared on five Royal Variety Performances.

Best known for his role as Boycie in Only Fools and Horses alongside his character’s laugh, John Challis also starred in spin-off The Green, Green Grass and has made appearances in Coronation Street, My Family and Benidorm.

He will star as Captain Hook with further cast announcements to be made in the near future.

The pantomime will be staged by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest panto producer.

Qdos Entertainment’s managing director Michael Harrison said: “This year’s production promises all the laughs, audience participation and magic Nottingham audiences have come to expect each festive season, and we can’t wait to bring our show to them this Christmas.”

Director of sales, marketing and development at the Theatre Royal Jonathan Saville said: “Pantomime fans with longer memories will be delighted to hear that both Joe Pasquale and John Challis are returning as they have both performed to rave reviews.

“More than 13,000 customers are already booked in to see this year’s pantomime and with Peter Pan being one of our most popular pantomimes we look forward to another sell-out Christmas season.

“Peter Pan will definitely be in safe hands with these two super-talented and very funny men!”

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