Approved by ATG's PR & Communications Officer, David Bradbury
This Christmas a whole new fan base will be coming along to see Henry Winkler, best known by many for his role as The Fonz in the US TV series Happy Days, play the role of the dastardly Captain Hook in the Richmond Theatre pantomime production of Peter Pan. These younger audience members will know him better as a champion of young readers and author of the much-loved Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Underachiever children’s books, which feature a dyslexic protagonist and are based on his own childhood struggles in school. The BBC are making a brand new comedy series of the Hank Zipzer adventures, starring Henry Winkler as Mr Rock the music teacher, which is due to air in January 2014.
Fast-paced and funny, the series follows twelve-year-old Henry ‘Hank’ Zipzer, a smart and resourceful boy with a unique perspective on the world. Hank has dyslexia and when problems arise he deals with them in a way no-one else would – putting him on a direct collision course with his teachers and parents, who don’t seem to appreciate his latest scheme as much as he thought they would. But, Hank always remains positive and convinced that the next big plan will deliver – after all, tomorrow is another day!
With his regular visits to schools across the country and his inspirational talks to students about recognising their own potential, Winkler has more than earned his OBE – awarded in 2011 in recognition of his educational work on dyslexia in the UK. Youthful fans of Winkler and his books will have the chance to meet him face to face this November as he is doing a one-off signing of his Hank Zipzer books in Richmond Waterstones on Saturday 30 November from 4.30pm to 5.30pm, before turning on the town’s Christmas lights at the Richmond Frost Fayre at 6pm.
Peter Pan is at Richmond Theatre from Fri 6 Dec 2013 – Sun 12 Jan 2014