Hasselhoff Hooks Panto Debut in Wimbledon’s PanDate: 4 May 2006
David Hasselhoff (pictured) - who made his West End debut two years ago playing sleazy lawyer Billy Flynn in Chicago (See News, 5 Jul 2004) – will make his pantomime debut this year, playing Captain Hook in New Wimbledon Theatre’s new production of Peter Pan, which runs from 7 December 2006 to 14 January 2007.
Comedian Bobby Davro (Smee) and BBC children's TV presenter Sarah-Jane Honeywell (Pan) will also star in the show, which is presented by First Family Entertainment. First Family, founded in 2005 by David Ian for Live Nation and Howard Panter for the Ambassador Theatre Group, was also behind last year’s pantomime, Cinderella, which starred Richard Wilson, Susan Hampshire and John Barrowman and was New Wimbledon’s most successful to date.
Hasselhoff is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as "the Most Watched TV Star in the World," thanks to his starring roles in the TV series Knight Rider and Baywatch. When the American TV network NBC cancelled the latter, Hasselhoff and his partners acquired the rights to continue it internationally. The programme has since been viewed in 140 countries by more than one billion people.
Hasselhoff’s other screen credits include The Young and the Restless, Layover, Legacy, Don’t Call Me Tonto, One True Love, Shaka Zulu, Nick Fury and Avalanche. In the late 1980s, he launched a solo recording career and has enjoyed particular success in Germany. Prior to his 2004 West End debut in Chicago, Hasselhoff made his Broadway debut in 2000, playing the title role(s) in Jekyll and Hyde.
- by Caroline Ansdell