John Challis otherwise known as the hilarious “Boycie” in the classic BBC sitcom Only Fools & Horses and current spin off The Green Green Grass, stars as the villianous Captain Hook in Peter Pan at Sunderland Empire this Christmas, from Saturday 12 December 2009 to Sunday 3 January 2010.

Joining him will be a superbly talented North East cast including Emmerdale heartthrob and Sunderland born James Baxter in the lead role of Peter Pan. Best known for his role as Jake Doland in the ITV soap, James was born and raised in Sunderland and educated at Farringdon Community Sports College. He had a starring role in the critically acclaimed production of the Fiona Evans stage play Scarborough at the 2007 Edinburgh Festival, before joining Emmerdale in December that same year.

Back by public demand, top North East comic Steve Walls will star as the side splitting Smee, alongside panto dame veteran and Darlington’s very own Steve Luck as The Dame.

Tickets are priced from £7.50 to £24.50