Dancing star in Pan-to, Strictly speaking

Strictly Come Dancing star Brian Fortuna is Peter Pan in the panto at St Helens Theatre Royal.
Strictly Come Dancing star Brian Fortuna is Peter Pan in the panto at St Helens Theatre Royal.

This Christmas Peter Pan will be flying into St Helens all the way from LA as US Strictly Come Dancing star Brian Fortuna steps into the role of The Boy Who Never Grew Up!

Known for his dazzling dance moves, Fortuna is a regular on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and tutored the likes of Heather Small, Kelly Brook and Ali Bastian on Strictly Come Dancing.

He’s no stranger to treading the boards either, with theatre roles including the national tour of Over the Rainbow and a headlining role, alongside Strictly partner Ali Bastian, in Burn the Floor’s run at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London’s West End.

Fortuna was also a featured dancer in the Oscar-winning film The Aviator, appeared on TV series South Beach with Vanessa Williams and had a starring role in the Canadian documentary Live to Dance.

He said: “I think panto is an amazing art form that brings the whole family together with old-fashioned live entertainment in the holiday spirit. It’s so much fun to be able to entertain the kids, parents and grandparents alike.

“I love the fact that live theatre is so alive in the UK and feel blessed to have a chance to come over and entertain by doing what I love. Not to mention how cool it is to play Peter Pan!

“Panto was such a wonderful experience for me last time and I can’t wait to give it another go.”

A number of St Helens Theatre Royal favourites will help bring the much-loved classic tale to life.

Master of Illusions Richard De Vere is back at his villainous best as the infamous Captain Hook and who better to play Hook’s right-hand man, Smee, than ex-Corrie actor Nick Cochrane?

Local actress Leah Murphy is the prim and proper Wendy and, no stranger to the airwaves, Radio City’s very own Claire Simmo will be on hand as Peter’s loyal companion, Tinkerbell.

No panto would be complete without a double dose of comedy. Simon Foster and is set to provide the laughs as the hilarious Dame Laughing Water while Marc Lawlor will play Skylights the pirate.

Running from this Friday (December 6) to January 12, 2014, Peter Pan promises to be a festive extravaganza for all the family.

To book your tickets, pop into the Theatre Royal’s box office, call 01744 756000 or e-mail: www.sthelenstheatreroyal.com