Pete Helliar to star in Broadway hit, Peter and the Starcatcher

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Pete Helliar to star in Broadway hit, Peter and the Starcatcher

Peter and the Starcatcher
Peter and the Starcatcher
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The beloved Australian comedian and television personality will take centre stage in the highly anticipated production of five-time Tony Award-winning show, Peter and the Starcatcher.

Pete Helliar will make his Australian premiere in October 2024 at Canberra Theatre Centre, ahead of a national tour.

Taking on the role of Smee, Pete Helliar is loved for his screen work on The Project and Have You Been Paying Attention? Soon to be seen on Taskmaster and The Amazing Race (Network Ten), he will bring his iconic and relatable Aussie humour and charm to the production.

Peter and the Starcatcher

  • Canberra – Canberra Theatre Centre From 15 October 2024
  • Melbourne – Arts Centre Melbourne From 8 November 2024
  • Adelaide – Adelaide Festival Centre From 9 January 2025
  • Sydney – Capitol Theatre From 31 January 2025
  • Brisbane Qpac From 14 March 2025

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Peter and the Starcatcher is the untold story of Neverland. Before Neverland, there was an Island. Before Captain Hook, a pirate. Before Wendy, her mother Molly. Before Peter, a nameless boy.

Originally developed by Disney Theatrical Group and written by renowned stage writer and 4-time Tony Award nominee Rick Elice (Water for Elephants, Jersey Boys, The Addams Family), with music by Wayne Barker, this all-new production is directed by Helpmann Award-nominated Australian director and Dead Puppet Society co-founder David Morton (Holding Achilles, The Wider Earth).

Helliar joins an already star-studded ensemble cast including Otis Dhanji from blockbuster Aquaman and Netflix hit The Unlisted as Boy / Peter. There’s also one of Australia’s most recognisable comedy faces Colin Lane from duo Lano & Woodley as Black Stache; and television star Olivia Deeble, known for roles on Home and Away, More Than This and Secret Society of Second Born Royals, as Molly.

Reimagined for Australian audiences, this highly anticipated version of Peter and the Starcatcher blurs the lines between reality and fantasy, traversing oceans of mystical mermaids and lands of curious creatures.

This production is a major coup for international Brisbane-based production and design house Dead Puppet Society, led by Creative Director David Morton and Executive Producer Nicholas Paine.

In an Australian first, the pair has been granted a license by Disney Theatrical Group and Music Theatre International (Australasia) to stage a new version of the Tony Award-winning production. Dead Puppet Society is joined in presenting this production of Peter and the Starcatcher by the London-based Glass Half Full Productions, currently with major productions running on both Broadway and the West End.

Also joining the Dead Puppet Society is JONES Theatrical Group, the team behind the current Australian tour of Chicago and upcoming Sydney season of Book of Mormon.

Jump on board this theatrical spectacle bursting with 100 unforgettable characters, live music and technical wizardry, and discover the untold story of Neverland.

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