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Peter Pan at Fairfield Halls with Steve McFadden

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EastEnders' Phil Mitchell stars as Captain Hook

This season's panto, Peter Pan, stars Steve McFadden, best known as Phil Mitchell of EastEnders, who promises a more unconventional take on the pirate captain.

"I've played Hook before in a fancy wig, but not this time, it's going to be a less conventional interpretation of the role," promises Steve. "This one is going to be more like Phil Mitchell, more streetwise I was thinking maybe tattoos... my kids have been helping me with the designs!"

Steve first joined Eastenders in 1990 and admits that he has been playing the bad guy for so long he has become a bit typecast: "I don't even know what it's like to play a good guy, I've always been a baddie. I am typecast because of the way I look. But it's better to be typecast than not cast at all!" he jokes.

He points out that while the pirate captain is usually seen as the villain of the piece, he deserves some sympathy for what he has gone through. "My sympathies are with Hook," says Steve. "He's been made handicapped by this boy, Peter Pan, no wonder he's out to get him!"

Steve is such a fan of the story of Peter Pan that he named the youngest of his four children, four-year-old Amelie Tinkerbell, after the panto's favourite fairy with the bell-like sound.

I call her Tink as a pet name," says Steve, who lives in Highgate with his family. "At Christmas. I take two weeks off from EastEnders and the kids come to see me in panto they love the live show, that's part of what makes our Christmas what it is."

Peter Pan is showing at the Ashcroft Theatre, Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, from 6 December 2013 to 5 January 2014.

The panto also stars David Ribi as Peter Pan, Quinn Patrick as Mrs Smee, Nathaniel Morrison as Starky, Kelly Chinery as Mrs Darling and Elizabeth Carter as Wendy.

Tickets for selected performances from 6-13 December are at available for 17. From 14 December onwards tickets are priced 20-28, family tickets 87. Concessions available. Box office Tel 020 8688 9291

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When: 6 December 2013 - 5 January 2014
Phone: 020 8688 9291
Where: Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon CR0
Cost: 17-28 per person, concessions available
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