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Avast land lubbers, Hook and his patch-eyed pirates are sailing into town to do battle with pesky Peter Pan and his Lost Boys.

And the croc is now ticking (literally) as this year’s fabulous pantomime Peter Pan, which starts at the Victria Theatre on December 10 went into full rehearsals this week. After months of preparation, the cast and crew came together at the Workshop rehearsal rooms, before moving to the theatre, and excitement is growing for this swashbuckling pantomime.

The show is shaping up to be a spectacular performance, full of song, dance and traditional panto slapstick.

Tim Fagan, Theatres Manager at the Victoria Theatre said: “Pulling together the cast for rehearsals has got everyone really excited about what is to come.

“With less than two weeks to go until the first performance, the schedule is intense but we have lots of faith in our fabulous cast.

“This year we’ve created a show that is a perfect festive treat for the whole family, a great traditional story that has a little bit of everything – including flying!”

Stephen Boden, Managing Director of Imagine Theatre which produces the panto says: “This is only the second year we have ever put on Peter Pan and I am thrilled to have such a fabulous cast for its Halifax debut.”

As previously announced, Halifax’s favourite comic Neil Hurst returns to play trainee pirate Smee and he will be joined by some new faces with Max Cane as Nanny McSmee, Kieran Morris as Peter Pan, Lucy Keirl as Tiger Lily and Katie Faye as Wendy.

Anna Lakin will take on the role of Tinker Bell this year and Andrew Piper as the fearsome Captain Hook.

Tickets for this show range from £15 to £18.95 depending on performance dates. Purchase tickets online, www.victoriatheatre.co.uk, or by calling the Box Office on 01422 351158.

lPeter Pan was written by Scottish novelist JM Barrie and brought to the stage for the first time in 1904.

Peter is a free spirited and mischievous young boy who can fly and never grows up. The boy spends his eternal childhood having adventures on the mystical island of Neverland as the leader of the Lost Boys.

His arch enemy is Captain James Hook who in turn is pursued by a ticking crocodile which swallowed his hand and a watch.

The story is told in many ways. It has featured on the big screen as both animation and live action while on stage, as JM Barrie wrote it, it becomes a cautionary tale about growing up.

The elements of the work also lend themselves brilliantly to pantomimes which are produced every year across the country.