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UCH Panto Peter Pan, the iconic, flyaway fairy-tale, will run from Thursday 15th December with two shows per day including a sensory show on 23rd December at 2pm. UCH Panto Peter Pan, the iconic, flyaway fairy-tale, will run from Thursday 15th December with two shows per day including a sensory show on 23rd December at 2pm.

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UCH Panto Peter Pan will mark the 10th Anniversary with an amazing, full scale production

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UCH Panto Peter Pan cast members, Evan O’Hanlon as Peter Pan, Esther Brady as Wendy and Hazel Park as Tinkerbelle pictured above. Picture: Alan Place. 

Expect your favourite Panto characters in a show packed with stunning sets, crazy costumes, the year’s biggest hits

Johnny Ward returns to the UCH panto this year as Captain Hook in Peter Pan. Pictured with Myles Breen and Richie Hayes. Picture: Sean Curtin True Media.

UCH Panto Peter Pan, the iconic, flyaway fairy-tale, will run from Thursday 15th December with two shows per day including a sensory show on 23rd December at 2 pm. Join the boy who never grew up, together with his friends Wendy and tiny Tinkerbell, as they travel to Never Never Land to take on the hilariously horrible Captain Hook and his band of (pretty useless!) pirates.

UCH Panto Peter Pan will see the Panto return with a bang so expect your favourite Panto characters in a show packed with stunning sets, crazy costumes, the year’s biggest hits and at least two years’ worth of laugh-out-loud comedy!

“Peter Pan will mark the 10th Anniversary of the UCH Panto and will see it return to the amazing, full-scale production that audiences have come to love. We really can’t wait to bring the magic of the UCH Panto back this December and we look forward to welcoming families through our doors once again to make new Christmas memories,” said Sinead Hope, Director of UCH.

Producer Robert C Kelly said he is “delighted to be returning to Limerick once again to build on the already fantastic success we have had at University Concert Hall where, since 2012, audiences have welcomed our large-scale family Panto with ever-increasing numbers year on year. We can promise this show will be our highest-flying one yet!”

The full cast has been announced with Johnny Ward (Captain Hook), Fair City favourite, current RTÉ One’s Hell Week Special Forces contestant and grand finalist of RTÉ’s 2019 Dancing with the Stars, returning to Limerick this Christmas as the infamous Captain Hook.

One of the most recognizable TV stars in Ireland, Johnny impressed audiences with his courageous performance on RTÉ One’s Hell Week Special Forces, dazzled them on Dancing with the Stars and frightened them just a little as both Pauley in the iconic series Love/Hate and mechanic turned kidnapper Ciaran Holloway in Fair City. He is also no stranger to live performance, starring as hilarious Dublin footballer Gino Wildes in Paul Howard’s smash hit Copper Face Jacks The Musical.

Johnny said, “I’m delighted to be returning to panto in Limerick! I had an absolute ball there in Aladdin in 2019 – audiences were amazing and really up for all the shouting and booing that I love as the baddie! Captain Hook is a brilliant character and I’m going to have great fun playing him in Limerick this Christmas – Oh Yes I will”

It has been already announced that joining Johnny on stage will be longtime UCH panto favourites Richie Hayes (Smee) and Limerick’s own Myles Breen (Mrs Smee). Both Richie and Myles will be celebrating their 10th UCH panto having starred in Cinderella in 2012, which was the first fully professional panto in Limerick, and going on to perform at the venue every year since, much to the delight of audiences.

The remainder of the principal cast is John Sharpson, Evan O’Hanlon, Esther Brady and Hazel Park. 

The panto will take place in University Concert Hall from Thursday, December 15 – Tuesday, January 3. Tickets start at €24

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Limerick panto star Myles Breen. Picture: Sean Curtin True Media.

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