A host of stars visit The Hawth Crawley for this years panto launch.

Peter Pan flies into The Hawth Theatre, Crawley this Christmas.

Following their previous recent successes of Sleeping Beauty and Jack and the Beanstalk at the Hawth, Evolution Pantomimes have assembled a top cast with years of pantomime experience between them for this year’s dazzling production of Peter Pan opening on the 9th December.

This pantomime version of J.M. Barrie’s classic story about ‘The boy who never grew up’ will be written by Paul Hendy and directed by Emily Wood both from Evolution and will no doubt have lots of corny jokes, slapstick comedy and lots of audience participation.

The cast will be supported by a local juvenile cast – auditions will be on the 11th September.

Emma Barton

Emma Barton

Emma Barton currently has one of the lead storylines in Eastenders as Honey Mitchell also has a wealth of experience on stage, she has performed at the Hawth twice previously, once as Roxie Hart in Chicago and secondly as one of her favourite roles as Dolly in the National Theatre’s ‘One Man Two Guv’nors’.

Dressed beautifully in a stunning glittery green fairy outfit she is relishing the thought of being Tinkerbell in Peter Pan.

Full Interview coming soon.

Shaun Williamson

Shaun Williamson is another actor with plenty of stage and screen experience, he has just finished touring in the hit musical ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’. Shaun has been in many TV shows and soaps and even enjoyed a stint in Ricky Gervais’ ‘Extras’ where he was comically referred to as ‘Barry from Eastenders’. He has previously appeare at the Hawth with Emma in ‘One Man Two Guv’nors‘.

Michael and ShaunShaun has played numerous pantomime villains but this is his first outing as the felonious Captain Hook which he is really looking forward to.

Full interview coming soon.

Michael Batchelor

Michael is a highly experienced pantomime dame and has delighted pantomime audiences in Crawley twice previously both times playing opposite TV personality Stephen Mulhern. This year he dons at least 10 flamboyant outfits (all made by himself) to play Mrs Smee a role especially created for the pantomime version of Peter Pan. He is really looking forward to giving Captain Hook plenty of cheek.

Full interview coming soon.

Hilary O’Neil


Hilary is a talented singer and impersonator who was previously in Crawley in 2014 in the hugely popular Sleeping Beauty where she played the evil fairy Carabosse. This year she will take on three different roles, Mrs Darling, Tiger Lily (pictured) and the mermaid of the lagoon which will give her ample opportunity to thrill audiences with her side-splitting impressions of famous people.

Hilary has worked with both Michael Batchelor and Shaun Williamson before and is really looking forward to doing so again.

Full interview soon.

Sam Lupton


Currently on tour as Seymour in the Little Shop of Horrors, Sam Lupton will have only one day off before rehearsals start for Peter Pan and he couldn’t be more excited. This will be Sam’s first pantomime and he is pleased that he has been cast with people with such a high level of experience in the field.

Joseph Elliot and Richard David-Caine

From CBBC’s ‘Swashbuckle’, Joseph and Richard are no strangers to dressing as pirates and will also join the cast as pirates in Captain Hook’s crew’. These two cheeky boys will bring lots of slapstick and fun to Peter Pan.

Elizabeth Carter

Completing this stellar panto-posse is Elizabeth Carter currently playing Marie in the tour Save the Last Dance For Me. With her winning smile and lovely voice, she will be the perfect Wendy.

Group 2

Interviews with some of the cast who attended the launch will be published in full soon.