EastEnders star Sid Owen to join panto cast at Marina Theatre in Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 15:24 17 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:41 17 May 2018

Sid Owen will join the panto cast at the Marina Theatre in Lowestoft this year. Picture: Courtesy of Paul Holman Associates.

Sid Owen will join the panto cast at the Marina Theatre in Lowestoft this year. Picture: Courtesy of Paul Holman Associates.


A popular actor, best known for starring in EastEnders, will be taking on a leading role in a sparkling family pantomime.

Sid Owen, who played Ricky Butcher in the hit BBC One soap, will star as Captain Hook in the panto Peter Pan, which will be performed at the Marina Theatre in Lowestoft from December 13 until January 1.

In the soap, Ricky was the son of popular character Frank Butcher and was famously known for his relationship with Bianca Jackson (Patsy Palmer) throughout the 1990’s.

After leaving EastEnders he released the song ‘Good Thing Going’ which reached number 14 in the UK singles charts in June 2000. Mr Owen then took part in the fifth series of I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! In 2005 Sid went on to appear in ITV’s prison drama Bad Girls and The Bill a year later.

Mr Owen made a return to EastEnders between 2008 and 2011 before taking a break to dedicate more time to his charity work with Drop 4 Drop, which aims to help with the global water crisis in developing countries.

In 2012 he appeared in the 10th series of Strictly Come Dancing, where he partnered with Ola Jordan.

Mr Owen joins the cast alongside popular funnyman Terry Gleed – who is returning to the Marina for the fourth year in a row. This year Terry will play Smee, Captain Hook’s hilarious bo’sun.

With amazing performances full of pirates and fairy dust, Emma Butler Smith, chief executive at the Marina Theatre, said: “We’re really excited we’ve managed to ‘hook’ Sid for this year’s panto.

“It’s great to have someone so well-known coming to the town again. We hope Sid will feel right at home as Lowestoft will ring with calls of ‘Hookyyyyyy!”

Pantomime producer, Paul Holman, said: “I’m delighted to secure Sid Owen for Lowestoft. As a household name joins the cast, we are looking forward to seeing excellent audience numbers for a great show.”

Kerry’s Home Furnishings – the sponsor this year – have kindly agreed to get involved with the fun and games during pantomime season, which saw more than 12,600 people visit the theatre last year for Aladdin.

Tickets, starting from just £8, are now available for the panto with an early bird offer in place until September 2.

To book, call the box office on 01502 533200 or visit

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