Do you believe in fairies? Stacey Solomon lifts off in her new role as Tinkerbell in Peter Pan – The Never Ending Story (by Hanna Flint)
Stacey Solomon has reached new career heights… as Tinker Bell in Peter Pan – The Never Ending Story. The former X Factor contestant – who was runner up in 2009 – landed the magical role for the musical being staged at Birmingham NIA Theatre.
Wearing a silver corset dress with lace up boots and green wings, Stacey, 24, soared across the audience as she sang You Raise Me Up during the show on its opening night.
Speaking of her acting debut, Solomon told the Daily Express: ‘It’s every girl’s dream to play Tinker Bell. My children are over the moon, the can’t wait to see mummy fly. ‘Tinker Bell is quite mischievous, I’m very similar to her. I’m definitely cheeky and I feel like a fairy half the time! Peter Pan is one of my absolute favourite stories,’ the mother-of-two continued. ‘Also, the show looks fantastic – the whole thing is magical.’
One would hope the show looked breathtaking as the production cost more than £10million to create, and will share its magic across the globe for a worldwide tour. But Stacey will only be waving her wand in the UK, as each new country will see a native actress play the role of Tink.
The show boasts a score by Grammy-winning composer Matt Dunkley, but the fantastical show features a variety of pop songs from over the years, from Rod Stewart’s Sailing and Robbie Williams’ Angels to Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates Of Penzance and Nessus Dorma by Puccini.
Sandor Sturbl plays the boy who never grew up, Peter, while Scottish-born actress Lilly-Jane Young plays Wendy. Dutch actor Milan Van Weelden, plays Captain Hook, in a cast filled with actors from a plethora of different nationalities.
Also at the opening night of the new musical wasformer rugby star and Strictly Come Dancing contestant Ben Cohen.
With a high octane fusion of magic, unrelenting entertainment, pyrotechnics, illusion, death-defying stunts and never-before-seen flying without wires (with the help of a colossal 250km/hour wind turbine), adults & children alike found themselves immersed in Neverland, flying alongside Peter Pan, adventuring with Lost Boys, face-to-face with pirates and hand-in-hand with Tinkerbell. It may be Christmas time but this is no Panto.
Even a story that never ends has to begin somewhere and this year’s foremost arena spectacular Peter Pan: The Never Ending Story has officially begun its maiden voyage of the UK, opening to uproarious applause at Birmingham’s NIA last Friday 13 December.
A full house watched the classic J.M Barrie tale unfold on-stage with Stacey Solomon’s Tinker Bell receiving a rapturous welcome as she burst on to stage in a shower of fireworks.
With its first stop on its UK tour complete, this roving stage sensation prepares to travel the length of the country over the next month. Judging by the standing ovations and deafening cheers left echoing across the Midlands, it brings with it the promise of many more enthralling nights to come.
Reviewing for Birmingham Mail, Mat Kendrick described the production as “state-of-the-art” adding, “the high energy performance barely stops for breath”.
You could almost hear the shattering of expectations across the arena as those anticipating Panto were met with the magnitude of the choreography, special effects and arena anthems. This show redefines ‘Arena Spectacular’ with serious panache and a rather hefty pinch of fairy dust.
There is still a chance to join this expedition to Neverland as the show runs in Nottingham, Leeds, Manchester, London, Glasgow and Newcastle, but act quickly to secure your place on the adventure by visiting www.peterpan.is/en and booking tickets now!
Peter Pan: The Never Ending Story is coming to six more cities throughout the UK:
- December Sunday 22nd – Monday 23rd – Nottingham Capital FM Arena
- December Thursday 26th – Friday 27th – Leeds First Direct Arena
- December Sunday 29th – Monday 30th – Manchester Phones 4U Arena
- January Thursday 2nd – Saturday 4th 2014 – London Wembley Arena
- January Friday 10th – Sunday 12th 2014 – Glasgow The SSE Hydro
- January Wednesday 15th – Thursday 16th 2014 – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
BOX OFFICE – PETER PAN THE NEVER ENDING STORY
Tickets are from £19.80 to £49.50 with special family tickets from £88.00
Children under 12 get 10% off at all performances
To book now go to www.peterpan.is/en or call 0844 581 1400
Group rates of 10+ call 0800 358 0058
On Friday 13th, Peter Pan: The Never Ending story opened at the Birmingham NIA in its UK Premiere!
The cast & crew had an amazing evening and hope that everyone who came to see the show enjoyed themselves. We were certainly flying without wires after the the curtain came down at the NIA!
Before the show, we were very excited to have some celebrity guests come along to a tea party to celebrate the UK debut of the show. We had a photographer on hand to capture the fun!