7 mar 2014
Wimbledon Casting Announcement!!
New Wimbledon Theatre and First Family Entertainment are delighted to announce another ground breaking cast for 2015. Hollywood film star and TV personality VERNE TROYER and British comedian MARCUS BRIGSTOCKE will both be making their pantomime debuts in New Wimbledon Theatre’s pantomime, Peter Pan!
The Home of London Pantomime is also thrilled to announce the return of panto favourites, comedian Jarred Christmas in the role of Smee and dance troupe Flawless as The Pirate Crew.
Verne Troyer is most renowned for his role as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers film series. Since then he has become a regular on our British TV screens with appearances on Celebrity Big Brother, The Jonathan Ross Show and Celebrity Juice. Previous film credits include Harry Potter & The Sorcerers Stone, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, The Love Guru, and Keith Lemon: The Film. Verne can currently be seen in the BAFTA Cymru winning indie comedy, Convenience, in cinemas now. Verne will be taking on the role of Lofty the Pirate in this production. Standing at a mere 2ft 8 inches, Verne qualifies for the shortest actor ever to appear in British pantomime. Verne says “I am so excited to be joining the world of British pantomime. The people of the UK always make me feel so welcome and what better way to spend Christmas than performing in a live show at a beautiful theatre in London. It’s a special time of year and I’ve heard such wonderful things about pantomime that I can’t wait to give it a go. I may be an American but I can guarantee a big performance!”
Playing the role of Captain Hook is Marcus Brigstocke, one of Britain’s finest comedians and broadcasters. Marcus starred as King Arthur in Monty Python’s Spamalot in the West End and on a fantastically successful nationwide tour. He also played Mr. Perks in the critically acclaimed The Railway Children at Waterloo. Marcus’s career began in 1996 when he won the BBC New Comedian Award at the Edinburgh Festival and he now tours internationally playing to sell-out crowds with his award winning stand up shows. BBC Radio 4 has become somewhat of a second home to Marcus, he is currently broadcasting series 3 of the award winning ‘Brig Society’ and hosts ‘I’ve Never Seen Star Wars’ with regular appearances on ‘The Now Show’, ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue’ and ‘Just A Minute’. He has also written and recorded three series and four specials of his hit show Giles Wemmbley-Hogg Goes Off. Marcus has notched up an impressive list of TV credits including as host of HIGNFY, guest on QI and Mock The Week, one of the ‘Sorry I’ve Got No Head’ sketch team on CBBC, team captain on Argumental (DAVE), and host of The Late Edition and I’ve Never Seen Star Wars (BBC FOUR).
Verne and Marcus are joined by Flawless who will be making a very welcome return to the Wimbledon panto after their critically acclaimed performance in Aladdin. Flawless continue to turn street dance on its head; not just with their upside down spectacular spinning but also their exceptional technical abilities and razor sharp sense of style. They will be bringing their own unique flavour to the pantomime as the Pirate Crew.
Award winning funny man Jarred Christmas returns to the Wimbledon stage after his hilarious performance in Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs. This time he will be providing the laughs and chuckles as Captain Hook’s hapless side-kick, Smee. Jarred has regularly appeared on TV shows Mock the Week, Nevermind the Buzzcocks, 8 out of 10 Cats, Russell Howard’s Good News and Let’s Dance for Comic Relief. He is also an accomplished actor, working with Warwick Davis both on stage and in the web series, Dwarves Assemble. Other TV credits include Hollyoaks Later, CBBC’s The Joke Machine, Jonathan Creek, New Tricks and Up the Women. Recently Jarred hosted BBC NI’s series Monumental.
Peter Pan is going to be a swashbuckling pantomime adventure for the whole family. Produced once again by First Family Entertainment, the leading pantomime producers in the UK, Peter Pan has everything you would expect from a Wimbledon pantomime – spectacle, surprise, magic and music, plus a big sprinkling of fairy-dust!