October 2, 2012 1.58 pm This story is over 116 months old

Lincoln panto lovers hooked on extra Peter Pan tickets

High demand: The Drill Hall offered its extra production tickets this week with a little bit of help from Captain Hook.

Captain Hook helped to sell extra tickets for Lincoln Drill Hall’s extended run of Peter Pan, which was announced today.

The production, which will now run from Thursday December 13 to Saturday January 5, has been extended by six performances due to high early demand for tickets.

Lincoln Drill Hall staff were helped to sell tickets by Captain Hook, played by actor and TV presenter Alistair Divall, in full costume from 11am today.

The pantomime, made by Jamie Marcus Productions, will include well-known songs and a flying sequence from London to Neverland via Lincoln Drill Hall.

Managing Director Jamie Marcus said: “Im absolutely delighted with our ticket sales. Our sales this year have gone up by up 36% since last Christmas when we put on Snow White.

“I think panto is very popular in Lincoln, and children will go and see panto over anything else.”

He added: “We work with local schools in bringing school children in to see the performance, and at the moment, we’ve sold 95% of these school tickets. It’s wonderful to see the excitement on the children’s faces when they come to the theatre.”

Peter Pan will be played by London actor Robert Rooney, while local actor Chris Hayes will play The Dame.

Other family shows in Lincoln this Christmas include a production of The Wizard of Oz at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre from Friday December 7 to Monday December 24, which will feature graduating students of Lincoln School of Performing Arts.

Lincoln Theatre Royal will also host Dick Whittington as their Christmas 2012 Pantomime, starring comedy duo Cannon and Ball.

Captain Hook actor Alistair Divall poses with Drill Hall director, Simon Hollingworth