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Eastenders villain Steve McFadden will be on best 'bad form' for Dartford panto role at the Orchard Theatre

By Chris Hunter

Soap star Steve McFadden will swap Albert Square for Neverland as takes on the role of Captain Hook this Christmas.

Best known as Eastenders' Phil Mitchell, McFadden will turn his villainous attentions from the likes of Ian Beale to Peter Pan when he appears at the Orchard Theatre in Dartford in pantomime later this year.

Former British Soap Awards ‘Villain of the Year’, McFadden is one of Britain’s favourite soap-baddies and has been a regular on our TV screens for nearly three decades.

Steve McFadden will star as Captain Hook (8736571)
Steve McFadden will star as Captain Hook (8736571)

Dartford audiences will be able to see the TV bad boy up close when he stars in the swashbuckling family pantomime, Peter Pan, which runs from Saturday December 14 to Sunday January 5 next year.

Joining him will be shipmate Mr Smee, played by comedian Andy Ford - a panto regular who has appeared on stages across the UK entertaining thousands of theatregoers with his quick-wit, physical routines and sense of humour.

It's a repeat of the pairing which saw Steve and Andy having perform together to critical acclaim in Peter Pan at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth 2017.

Speaking on his casting, Steve McFadden said: “Nothing beats playing to a live theatre audience, so I can’t wait to be on stage at the Orchard this Christmas. I’m also really looking forward to working with Andy once again and bringing

some festive magic to Dartford and beyond.”

Comedian Andy Ford will play Smee (8736573)
Comedian Andy Ford will play Smee (8736573)

Peter Pan - adapted from the original story by J M Barrie - is produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer and the company behind the Orchard Theatre’s annual festive production.

Managing Director of Qdos Entertainment Michael Harrison said: “Steve is a first-class actor and we are absolutely delighted that he’ll be leading the cast of our Dartford pantomime alongside the brilliant Andy Ford as Smee.

"We’re already planning plenty of surprises and a ship-load of family friendly fun for everyone to enjoy.”

Pre show dining is also available at The Orchard Theatre’s Restaurant.

To book tickets or for more information visit orchardtheatre.co.uk or call the Ticket Office on 01322 220000.

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