Peter Pan flies in to the Lichfield Garrick for the 2021 Panto!

Don’t miss the swashbuckling spectacular, All New Adventures of Peter Pan, as it flies into the Lichfield Garrick for the 2021 festive season!

The Lichfield Garrick Theatre has once again joined forces with Paul Hendy and Evolution Productions to bring audiences a real festive treat with this year’s full-scale pantomime. Lichfield legend, Sam Rabone, is back in a frock for his sixth year at the Garrick as he stars as Mrs Smee, as well as once again steering the ship as the show’s director.

Sam says: “Finally we’re back! It was great to be back at the Garrick and meet some of the cast! We’re in for a right treat! I mean, I think we’ve actually got a real-life pirate playing Hook which is amazing! Bring on November!”

David McKechnie and Marcus Billany will play Captain Hook and Peter Pan respectively. David loves pantomime season and is honoured to be invited to Lichfield for this year’s production. He’s taken part in shows all across the country, including Fleshcreep (The Cleverest Little Goblin in all of Fairyland) in Jack & the Beanstalk (Beck Theatre, Hayes), The Emperor in Aladdin (Wyvern Theatre, Swindon), Carabosse in Sleeping Beauty (White Rock Theatre, Hastings), Captain Hook in Peter Pan (Civic Theatre, Chelmsford), and one of the Wicked Stepsisters in Cinderella (North Wales Theatre, Llandudno).

The role of Peter Pan is one that Marcus knows well, having previously played him in Dunstable’s 2019 rendition of the pantomime as Strictly’s AJ Pritchard’s understudy and stand-in as he took part in the reality show. He graduated from Laine Theatre Arts after appearing as a young performer in West End productions such as Matilda: The Musical, Les Miserables, Children Of Eden and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He most recently appeared as ‘Young Paul’ in Breaking the Band for ITV.

The theatre are thrilled to also be welcoming back Joanne Heywood, who will be jumping into the role of the grown up Wendy Darling. The eagle-eyed panto fans among you will recognise Joanne, who played Queen Rat in the Garrick’s 2018 pantomime, Dick Whittington. She’s delighted to have been invited back to play a goodie this time!

Further cast announcements will be coming soon.

Karen Foster, the Chief Executive of the Lichfield Garrick, says: ‘I’m thrilled that the Lichfield Garrick will be welcoming so many families back to the theatre to enjoy their traditional family Christmas outing.  After the disappointment of closing last year, we have looked forward to the time when we can bring the people of Lichfield and surrounding areas back to their local, independent theatre with a show which will be spectacular, funny and family friendly.  The cast and staff of the theatre look forward to seeing you very soon.  Oh yes we do!’ All New Adventures of Peter Pan promises to be a dazzling show with a brilliant cast, larger-than-life costumes, and more laughs than you can shake your hook at!’

The show opens on Thursday 25th November and runs until Sunday 2nd January 2022. Tickets are available NOW – you can hook yours via the Lichfield Garrick website ( or from our Box Office on 01543 412121 (please visit our website for our current opening hours).

*Photograph courtesy of Pamela Raith Photography

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