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Nick’s recipe for a great Panto will guarantee a feast of Christmas fun at The Deco

Posted: 29/11/17 by The Deco Theatre

Former Coronation Street star Nick Cochrane is back at Northampton’s Deco Theatre this Christmas as one of the stars of the ‘Peter Pan’ Panto. But more than that, this year he is directing the show – which opens on December 8 – as well!

Nick, who played Andy McDonald in the ITV Soap Opera for eight years, is joined by singing star Lydia Lucy, who returns to the Deco two years after wowing audiences in ‘Beauty and the Beast’. Colin Ridgewell is back for his fourth Deco Panto, Chris Wills returns for his second, and they will be joined by Naomi Wilkins, Clive Fletcher, Fern Louise, and a talented group of young Northamptonshire performers and dancers.

The show runs until December 30, and Nick says directing the show is ‘natural progress’, after appearing in three of the last four Deco Pantos. “I’m really excited about it,” he said. “It’s a natural progression, I suppose, and when the producers invited me to do it, I jumped at the opportunity.”

Nick is not new to directing, but this is his first Panto. And having been a massive hit with audiences in Beauty and The Beast, Snow White, and Aladdin he is now looking forward to putting his own stamp on the show.

“Great Panto means a happy cast, hard work, a good script, a top team behind the scenes, and having great fun - we’ve got all that and more at The Deco,” he said. “Marry that to fantastic audiences which we always have, and you’re on to a winner; I’m really excited about Peter Pan, it’s going to be great fun for all of us, which hopefully will be reflected in the enjoyment our audiences have.”

Since appearing in ‘Beauty and the Beast’ two years ago, Lydia Lucy’s career has been non-stop. She has finished in the top three of the TV talent show ‘The Voice’ last year, and has spent the last 18 months performing all over the world.

“It’s been a whirlwind, and I’ve loved every minute of it,” she said. “But I’m absolutely delighted to be returning to The Deco because it’s a special place for me.

“It’s a lovely theatre, a great team behind the scenes, and a fab cast - and I know Nick will be a brilliant director; he’s a great character, very funny on and off stage, and cares passionately about what he does,” she said. “I enjoyed ‘Beauty and the Beast’ so much, I always wanted to do another Deco Panto, and ‘Peter Pan’ is going to be fab.”

Nick, Lydia and Colin are all back by popular demand,” said Jill Roach, of Northampton based Stage Right Productions, the front of house manager at the family run Deco Theatre in Abington Square, opposite Steffans jewellers.

“It’s fantastic that Lydia agreed to return, and with Clive, Naomi and Chris Wills, plus the young actors and dancers who have come through auditions, we have a fantastic team, and we are all really excited about putting on another great show for the people of Northamptonshire and beyond.”

‘Peter Pan’ tickets are selling fast. To buy tickets, call 01604 491005, buy online at, or call in to The Deco between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday.

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