A much loved character of BBC comedy is set to swap his French baton for the captain’s helm as he finds his sea legs at The Spa Bridlington, in The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan.
For seven successful seasons, Arthur Bostrom played the idiotic English undercover officer, Crabtree, in the sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo! created by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft. The iconic French gendarme character has been responsible for creating a ship load of catch phrases with his incorrect pronunciation of the French language, with Gid Moaning perhaps being the most memorable!
With a successful career on TV and stage, Arthur will be starring as Captain Hook and Mr Darling, in a story based on the JM Barrie classic, but given a true pantomime adaptation.
Paul Holman, for pantomime producers, Paul Holman Associates, explains:
“We will stick to the traditions of the much loved story and we will add in all those pantomime ingredients audiences have come to expect. Dame Able Mabel will be nanny to the Darling Children, ship’s mate Smee will provide comedy capers aboard the Jolly Roger and there’ll be plenty of spectacular effects, from the magic of Tinkerbell to superb flying sequences as we travel from the rooftops of Victorian London to the Lost Boys in The Never Land.”
Arthur will be joined on stage with a regular Bridlington favourite when TV presenter Simon Grant returns for his fourth Christmas season at The Spa, in the part of Mr. Smee.
Andrew Aldis, general manager of The Spa Bridlington said, “I used to watch ‘Allo ‘Allo with my parents and I absolutely loved it. The show was so popular it spawned a west-end and touring theatre show and Officer Crabtree’s outrageous French language difficulty was a work of sheer genius by the writers. Everyone knows I’m a big fan of pantomime and this fresh and unexpected casting as Captain Hook is sure to be a winner.
Welcoming Simon Grant back for his fourth year will also be a pleasure. He lights up the venue the moment he arrives. Tickets are already on sale and there’s an early-bird price until the middle of July.”