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UCH PANTO PETER PAN runs at university concert hall until Jan 3 2023 UCH PANTO PETER PAN runs at university concert hall until Jan 3 2023


This year’s UCH Panto Peter Pan is off to a flying start



UCH Panto Peter Pan – Pictured above are Esther Brady as Wendy and Evan O Hanlon as Peter Pan running until January 3rd, 2023

UCH Panto Peter Pan offers most accessible Sensory Shows to date

UCH PANTO PETER PAN Myles Breen as Mrs. Smee and Esther Brady as Wendy in the UCH Limerick Panto, Peter Pan. Running until January 3rd
Limerick panto legend Myles Breen as Mrs. Smee and Esther Brady as Wendy

Peter Pan is off to a flying start! 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.

Peter Pan sees the UCH 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.






UCH PANTO PETER PAN Hazel Park as Tinkerbelle in the UCH Panto Peter Pan. Running from December 15th – January 3rd, 2023
Hazel Park as Tinkerbelle

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!”

Peter Pan stars Johnny Ward, Fair City favourite, current RTÉ One’s Hell Week Special Forces contestant and grand finalist of RTÉ’s 2019 Dancing with the Stars, returns 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 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”

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 are John Sharpson, Evan O’Hanlon, Esther Brady and Hazel Park.  

The team at UCH Limerick want everyone to feel welcome at the panto this Christmas. With that in mind they have put in additional services around a sensory relaxed show which will take place on Friday, December 23.

For the sensory relaxed show on the 23rd December the team have provided

  • ISL Sign Language Interpreter
  • Surtitles
  • Limited capacity
  • Softer lighting with no strobe effects
  • Less sudden noises

Their ISL Interpreter, Carrie O’Donnell, will stand to one side of the stage to interpret the script for the audience.  Surtitles will appear above the stage to assist people with impaired hearing.

Additional services available during all show nights include:

  • Social Story to help people familiarise themselves with the social journey of attending the show in advance.
  • Space for any guide dogs or assistance dogs
  • Sennheiser induction loop system is in operation throughout the auditorium for patrons with hearing difficulties. People with hearing aids should set them to ‘Infra-Red Mode’. Headsets are available from the Box Office on request.
  • Access for wheelchair users and those with impaired mobility. 


University Concert Hall, Limerick

Thursday 15th December – Tuesday 3rd January

Tickets from €25



Thursday 22nd December 2pm & 6.30pm

Friday 23rd December 6.30pm

Monday 26th December 2pm & 6.30pm

Tuesday 27th December 2pm & 6.30pm

Wednesday 28th December 2pm & 6.30pm

Thursday 29th December 2pm & 6.30pm

Friday 30th December 2pm & 6.30pm

Saturday 31st December 1pm & 5.30pm

Sunday 1st January 2023 1pm & 5.30pm

Monday 2nd January 2023 1pm & 5.30pm

Tuesday 3rd January 2023 5.30pm


Friday 23rd December 2pm

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UCH PANTO PETER PAN runs at university concert hall until Jan 3 2023
Pictured above are Myles Breen as Mrs Smee, Richie Hayes as Smee, Hazel Park as Tinkerbelle, Johnny Ward as Captain Hook, Evan O_Hanlon as Peter Pan, Esther Brady as Wendy and John Sharpson as Sharkey. Picture: Paul Barrett

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.