Helen is hooked on performing at The Dukes

Helen Longworth (Captain Hook) and Jason Patel (Tootles) in a scene from The Dukes production of Peter Pan which ends on January 5.
Helen Longworth (Captain Hook) and Jason Patel (Tootles) in a scene from The Dukes production of Peter Pan which ends on January 5.

A Heysham actor is getting audiences hooked on The Dukes production of Peter Pan.

Helen Longworth is proving a particular hit as Captain Hook during the show’s run in The Round at the Lancaster theatre and she’s relishing her baddie role.

“I don’t get to play these sort of roles very often and I’m loving every moment,” said Helen.

As well as playing Captain Hook, Helen also appears as Mrs Darling, just as J.M. Barrie intended in his original play.

“It’s such a lovely adaptation of Peter Pan and a real feelgood show full of sparkle, humour, great dance routines and music,” Helen said.

And one of the show’s biggest fans is Helen’s five-year-old son even though he was a little upset when he saw his mummy being eaten by a crocodile when he attended a performance early in the run.

“It’s been an amazing play to work on and it’s an added bonus that I’m in a show so near home,” said Helen who also appeared in Aladdin at The Dukes last year.

Helen has been fitting up to 11 shows a week into a busy schedule which also includes appearing in The Archers on Radio 4.

She plays Hannah Riley, a pig farmer, who has returned to Ambridge after a 10 year absence.

But radio drama is nothing new to Helen who trained at RADA and was twice a member of the BBC Radio Drama Company. She has also toured extensively including on board the Queen Mary 2 during its transatlantic crossings.

More locally, Helen was involved with Demi Paradise Productions at Lancaster Castle, playing Queen Anne in Richard III, and on several occasions compiled and appeared in their Christmas show, Deck The Hall.

She regularly provides the interval entertainment for The Dukes dementia friendly film screenings and recently completed the research and development phase of Ladies That Bus, a new project due to tour in 2020 in association with The Dukes, Theatre By The Lake and Brewery Arts.

To book tickets for Peter Pan which runs until January 5, ring The Dukes box office on 01524 598500 or visit www.dukes-lancaster.org