Nasty Nick Cotton has been unveiled as the baddie in this year’s Queen’s theatre pantomime of Peter Pan.

John Altman will be taking the role of Captain Hook and will no doubt be inspired by his time as ‘nasty’ Nick Cotton in BBC soap EastEnders.

This year’s Christmas pantomime will once again be produced in-house by Parkwood Theatres and the company’s regional general manager Mark Thompson will be taking a leading role as producer.

He said: “I’m delighted to have confirmed John for this year’s pantomime.

“John is arguably one of the UK’s most iconic TV baddies and the perfect choice for Captain Hook I’ve been lucky enough to work with John previously and I guarantee all that attend are in for a massive treat this year.”

‘Nasty Nick’ was killed off in February 2015, as part of the EastEnders special 30th anniversary episode.

John has appeared as a pantomime villain for over 30 years in roles such as Captain Hook, King Rat and Abanazar playing some of the UK’s biggest regional theatres.

Mark added: “Plans are heavily underway already to ensure that this year’s pantomime is the perfect festive family treat and that the very best options are secured for North Devon.

“We’re looking to build on the success of last years Beauty and the Beast and really take this year’s pantomime to the next level – the confirmation of John is just the first announcement of exciting things to come.

“We’re really going all out this year to ensure the pantomime is the very best it can be. This year’s show will see Peter Pan take to the skies before your very eyes and follow the second star to the right and straight on to morning all the way to Neverland.

“Tickets are already booking up so act quickly to secure the best seats for what will undoubtedly be a spectacular and magical experience for the whole family this Christmas.”

You can call the box office on 01271 316063 or go to www.thequeenstheatre.co.uk