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1st December 2022

Sail into Manchester Opera House this Christmas

The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan, starring Jason Manford and Ben Nickless, is this year’s panto at Manchester Opera House
Sail into Manchester Opera House this Christmas
Photo: ATG

It’s panto season! Manchester Opera House’s annual pantomime always puts the others to shame. Following the success of last year’s Aladdin, which starred singing sensation Alexandra Burke as the Spirit of the Ring, the Opera House is back with The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan, starring comedy legend Jason Manford as Captain Hook!

Manford, like Burke, is no stranger to theatre, having played the lead in Curtains at the Opera House’s sister theatre, the Palace, a few years back.

Comedian Ben Nickless – a staple of Manchester Opera House pantos, year after year – plays Hook’s sidekick, Smee. He often stole the show in Aladdin.

The goodies, meanwhile, are played by musical theatre stars Jessica Croll (Wendy), Samara Casteallo (Tinkerbell), and Ross Carpenter (Peter Pan).

With amazing special effects, stunning sets, beautiful costumes and barrel-loads of laughter, this panto will take you on a swash-buckling trip to Neverland like never before!


The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan plays at Manchester Opera House from December 10 to 31.

Interestingly, Regent’s Theatre, Stoke on Trent – a fellow ATG Theatre – appears to be hosting the same pantomime this year, minus Manford…

Jay Darcy

Jay Darcy

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