BBC Radio Cornwall's David White went along to Plymouth's Theatre
Royal, he found the evil Captain Hook in typically swash-buckling
star of Peter Pan (sharing top-billing with Michaela Strachen as
the high-flying Pan) said that his childhood memories of Charlestown
were of a working port. "Now it is too pretty, with colourful
boats and Cornishmen in funny hats.
whole of Cornwall has become antiseptic. When I was growing up in
St. Austell, the county was wonderfully rough and workish. These
days it is polite and Disney-fied.
enough of it remains to make returning a pleasure."
has played three or four pantomimes in Plymouth, as well RSC productions
and other plays. He loves his baddy roles
though, with a particular attachment to Hook.
the one villain who is unredeemably bad. There is no softening before
the final curtain.
and see the scene where he gets his come-uppence, when 2000 "bricks"
hail down on him from the audience. The noise is incredible.
Even Laurence Olivier could not hold that audience."
Pan runs until late January at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth, during
which run John Nettles looks forward to visiting favourite haunts
like the Tate Gallery, St. Ives and Truro Cathedral.
Micky Mouse will not be lurking in either of those places!