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Captain Hook gears up for panto

PUBLISHED: 18:07 07 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:43 05 July 2010

HE is a much-loved villain, who is renowned for his hatred of crocodiles and one particular boy who never grew up.

And this Christmas, Ken Farrington is promising to make the legendary role of Captain Hook his own, in what could be his last ever stage production.

HE is a much-loved villain, who is renowned for his hatred of crocodiles and one particular boy who never grew up.

And this Christmas, Ken Farrington is promising to make the legendary role of Captain Hook his own, in what could be his last ever stage production.

The 72-year-old is a well respected stage actor and has been watched by millions on some of the country's most loved television shows, but this week he admitted that his forthcoming appearance in Peter Pan at Lowestoft's Marina Theatre could be his final role.

Ken, who is well-known for his roles as Billy Walker, in Coronation Street, and Tom King, in Emmerdale, has been in the industry for over 45 years and is promising Lowestoft theatre-goers a real treat this Christmas as they have the opportunity to see his first and last appearance in a pantomime.

“Pantomime has never appealed in the past, but it's a completely different format now. It is because it is Peter Pan that I've done it, I'm looking forward to it immensely,” he said.

Ken will be playing the infamous Captain Hook but, while he can fondly recall playing the manipulative businessman Tom King and the villainous Iago, in Othello, on stage in Leicester, he admits this will be a different challenge altogether.

“Panto is very different. He has got to be evil but not awfully frightening, more amusingly frightening. It's a very new experience and I think I'm going to love it.”

Ken admitted that rehearsals were yet to get underway but was hard at work learning his lines for the key role.

“You have got to make it your own and let your own personality come through. I'm just out to enjoy myself and it is a nice challenge to end my career.

“At my age there is not a lot more I want to do, so it would have to be pretty enticing to get me to perform again,” he said.

Ken will be starring alongside Jamie Rickers and Sarah Jane Buckley in the town's first professional pantomime in 50 years. Amongst the delights in store for the audience will be the sight of Peter Pan and the Lost Boys flying over the stage.

“I've heard it's a lot harder than it looks. I'd love to fly, maybe they'll let me have a go,” Ken laughed.

He will be descending on Lowestoft for five weeks and admitted that he is still searching for a one or two bedroom flat near to the theatre for the time. He is also due to switch on the town's Christmas lights on November 29.

Peter Pan is being staged from December 11 to January 4. For information, or to book seats telephone 01502 533200.

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