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Cahoots Theatre Company and Gale Productions in association with Park Theatre present

The Dame

By Katie Duncan


Peter Duncan

Actor, presenter, documentary maker, former Chief Scout and one time Blue Peter daredevil. Peter has a TV, film and theatre career that spans four decades. A self confessed adventurer he is never happier than when in the thick of it such as competing live in Tumble on prime time TV or walking the tightrope in his one man show. He is perhaps best known for his daredevil approach to life when he first joined the Blue Peter team in 1980. He wore his action man label easily, running in the first London Marathon in just over three hours (his last one in 2012 was much slower). He fought a sumo wrestler in Japan, cleaned the clock face of Big Ben and wore his green and white check suit whenever he could.

In 1985 he went on to make Duncan Dares, a series that played on his adventurous image with stunts such driving across the Irish Sea in a VW Beetle and as James Bond’s stuntman.

He produced a six-part series called Travel Bug for CBBC in which he, his partner Annie and their four children backpacked their way around the world. In the two follow up series their adventure travels were seen
in Chinese Breakaway and Arthur’s Trip to India. Other TV credits include a 26-part slapstick comedy series Demolition Dad for Five and Channel 4’s The Games. He narrowly lost Celebrity Total Wipeout by one second.

Peter began his career on stage joining Laurence Olivier’s National Theatre and spent the 70’s working exclusively as actor. He became a well known face on TV where his work included Play for Today, Sons and Lovers, Renoir My Father, Warship, Fathers and Families, Sam, Fallen Hero, Survivors, King Cinder, Oranges and Lemons, The Flockton Flyer and Space 1999.

His feature film credits include Stardust, Quilp, The Lifetaker and a famous cameo in Flash Gordon when was he killed by a tree monster.

After his Blue Peter days he began to appear in musical theatre roles such as Barnum, Bill Snibson in Me and My Girl and as Charlie Chaplin in The Little Tramp. In 1995 he was nominated for an Olivier Award as Best Actor in a musical playing Denry Machin in The Card. His other theatre work includes Alan Ayckbourn‘s Things We Do for Love, Stan Laurel in a production of Laurel and Hardy and in a season at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park playing Macduff in  Macbeth and Fantastic Mr Fox. In 2013 he took on the role of Charlie Peace, the Victorian criminal for Nottingham Playhouse and more recently toured in Birdsong playing Jack Firebrace and Wilbur in Hairspray. Last year he played Sam Phillips in Million Dollar Quartet.

Peter produces and directs many Pantomimes and has worked extensively for children’s theatre. He often appears in Panto too playing the hero, the funnyman or the baddie but not as yet the dame.

He is a patron of Action for Children’s Arts, Youth Music Theatre and Neighbourhood Midwives. He also possesses a Gold Blue Peter badge awarded for his volunteer work as leader of the UK’s half a million Scouts.