First night guests included Spice Girl Emma Bunton and comedienne Miranda Hart, while ensemble members got in the swing of things with their 'don't hassel the hoff' t-shirts.
Hasselhoff, who was due to appear in Peter Pan at the New Wimbledon in 2006 but later withdrew, said: "Peter Pan is a show that has always been close to my heart, as my first theatre role was playing Lost Boy Nibs when I was a child. I am so delighted to be asked to join this British tradition. I know all about pantomime as some of my good friends have already appeared in previous productions."
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The Baywatch star and soon-to-be Britain's Got Talent judge will share the role of Hook with chat show host Jerry Springer, who takes over for two stretches from 31 December to 8 January and 13 to 14 January 2011. It has also been announced that Hasselhoff's Baywatch co-star, American actor Jeremy Jackson will play Hook for two performances on 18 December and the matinee performance on 19 December 2010.
All three American Hooks appear alongside television personality and artistic director of Pineapple Dance Studios Louie Spence who plays Cabin Boy Roger through to the production's close on 16 January 2011.