Changes at the pier

The Merseybeats end their summer season run at North Pier Theatre.
The Merseybeats end their summer season run at North Pier Theatre.
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It’s all change at Blackpool North Pier Theatre with a birth and an illness putting paid to two shows – but Peter Pan flying in to save one of the days.

Saturday’s Let The Good Time Roll show at the theatre has cancelled the remaining two evenings of its summer season run.

Lee Mason, the lead performer in the show, is currently celebrating the birth of a daughter last week.

A North Pier spokesman said: “Lee, understandably, wants to stay with his partner at this time, so unfortunately the shows have had to be postponed.

“We hope they will return in the near future.

“We asked the producer of our summer pantomime Peter Pan if they would be willing to bring their show to the theatre on Saturday evenings as a replacement and they said they would be delighted.

“Peter Pan is a fantastic show. It’s a mixture of pantomime, musical theatre and a wonderful interpretation by award-winning writer and producer Anne Dalton of the J.M. Barrie classic story.

“It’s a show for all the family and we hope that residents and visitors alike will give it every support on its extra nights with us.”

Peter Pan features a talented cast including West End performer Ben Darcy as Peter Pan, musical actor Peter Brindle as Captain Hook, Britain’s Got Talent contestant Charlotte Gallagher as Wendy Darling, Blackpool’s Alisha Colacurcio as Tiger Lily and Mrs Darling and youngsters from the Nicky Figgins Centre Stage Academy.

Mondays are also changing due to the prolonged illness of one of the Cavern Club Revisited stars.

“The promoter has confirmed that former Tremeloes member Chip Hawkes willl not be returning to the show and as his performance both as a solo artist and with other performers in the show was to be an integral part of the evening Cavern Club Revisited has had to be cancelled until Chip returns to good health,” added the spokesman.

There will be no replacement show, which also featured 60s stalwarts The Merseybeats, The Swinging Blue Jeans and Brian Poole – on the remaining two Monday evenings of the planned run. Peter Pan now runs Wednesday at 2 and 7.30pm until August 29th and Saturday at 7.30pm until September 1. It then returns at half term. Tickets are on sale now and seats are priced at just £10 each, with special discounted tickets for families of 3 (£25) and families of 4 (£30). Group discounts are also available.

No other North Pier Theatre shows are affected by the changes.

To book call the North Pier box office on (01253) 623304 or the 24-hour Ticketmaster Hotline 0844 847 2452, or visit northpierblackpool.co.uk or ticketmaster.co.uk.