Jennifer Ellison as Captain Hook

David Upton

TV star Jennifer Ellison will lead the cast as Captain Hook, a role which writer J M Barrie originally intended to cast with a female performer, when Peter Pan comes to Blackpool Opera House at Christmas.

In the title role will be X Factor's Jake Quickenden and Blackpool's own Maureen Nolan will star as Mrs Darling. They will be joined by Radio Wave breakfast host Scott Gallagher as Hook's sidekick, Smee.

Peter Pan is produced by award-winning Selladoor Family, producer of work including The Quite Remarkable Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat, James and the Giant Peach, Guess How Much I Love You, The Broons and recent UK tours of shows such as Little Shop of Horrors, Avenue Q, Footloose, American Idiot and Flashdance.