Pete Helliar Set To Shine In Peter And The Starcatcher

Pete Helliar
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Australian comedian and television personality Pete Helliar will take centre stage as part of the five-time Tony Award-winning ‘Peter And The Starcatcher’.

The Broadway smash hit will make its Australian premiere in October, opening at Canberra Theatre Centre as part of a national tour.

‘Peter And The Starcatcher’ tells the untold story of Neverland – before it, there was an Island. Before Captain Hook, a pirate. Before Wendy, her mother Molly. . . And before Peter, a nameless boy.

Pete Helliar will take on the role of Smee, bringing his iconic, relatable humour and charm to the role. Pete is loved for his screen work on shows like ‘The Project’ and ‘Have You Been Paying Attention?’, and soon to be ‘Taskmaster’ and ‘The Amazing Race’.

The show was originally developed by Disney Theatrical Group, and written by renowned stage writer and four-time Tony Award nominee Rick Elice, with music from Wayne Barker. This all-new Australian production is directed by Helpmann Award-nominated Australian director and Dead Puppet Society Co-Founder David Morton.

Pete joins an already stellar cast including Otis Dhanji, Colin Lane, Olivia Deeble, Alison Whyte, Paul Capsis, Ryan Gonzalez, High Parker and Morgan Francis.

The show has been reimagined for Australian audiences, blurring the lines between reality and fantasy.

“I am excited and to be honest nervous about it. Theatre has always been the thing that frightens me the most (outside of sharks and falling from a great height),” Pete Helliar says. “With stand-up comedy you can fix your own mistakes but I’ll be part of a team here. An incredible team at that.”

“Long-time friend Colin Lane, Alison Whyte (who I’ve adored from afar going back to ‘Frontline’ days), the great Paul Capsis and many more including some exciting young actors who I’m looking forward to working with. We are starting in Canberra in October and away we go.”

‘Peter And The Starcatcher’ 2024-25 Australia Tour Dates

From 15 October – Canberra Theatre Centre
From 8 November – Arts Centre Melbourne
From 9 January – Adelaide Festival Centre
From 31 January – Capitol Theatre (Sydney)
From 14 March – Queensland Performing Arts Centre

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