And Glen Davies, who recently appeared with Dame Judi Dench and an all-star cast in the feature film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel will be his pirate sidekick, Smee.
The opportunity to play Captain Hook fulfils a long-held ambition for Louis, who is probably best known to viewers for his twelve year stint as cab driver Mick Johnson in Mersey Television’s iconic series.
Since then he has played many roles in films and on TV, including regular appearances as the naïve PC Walsh in Last of the Summer Wine.
Glen Davies admits he is “very happy and not just a little bit excited to be playing Smee” in the Channel Theatre Productions show.
He will also be recognised as the bear-hating caretaker Mr Prank in CBBC’s popular series Bear Behaving Badly. Glen has also appeared in popular TV shows such as New Tricks, Twenty Twelve, Wallender, Law and Order UK and Holby City.
This will be the first ever production of Peter Pan at Buxton Opera House and the theatre will be calling in a team of experts to help with the magical ‘flying’ scenes.
Director/writer Philip Dart says: “Peter Pan is a fantastic story that lends itself well to pantomime as it is so visual. There are Red Indians, mermaids and Peter’s tribe of Lost Boys, not to mention a life-size, ticking crocodile! Those who enjoy traditional panto won’t be disappointed as Peter Pan will have all the popular songs, colourful dance numbers and comedy routines that people have come to expect from a Buxton Opera House pantomime.”
Buxton Opera pantomime – Peter Pan takes place from Wednesday December 12 to Tuesday January 1. Tickets are priced from £15.50 to £19.50 and discounts are available.
For more information about these shows or to buy tickets call the box office on 0845 127 2190 or buy online at http://www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.