Hoffwatch: David in Nottingham

Photo: Nottingham PostPeter Pan Panto hasn't even started yet, and ticket sales for Peter Pan, which opens on Saturday, have generated more than £1 million for the theatre.For ticket availability, call the box office on 0115 989 5555 or go to trch.co.uk.Peter Pan Stage

"He's certainly the biggest name we've had in panto for the 15 years that I've been here," said Jonathan Saville, director of sales, marketing and development at the Royal Centre."He's one of the biggest names who'll be appearing in panto across the UK this year; probably the biggest in terms of global recognition. We've had people buying tickets from all over Europe, including Germany and Croatia."Over 52,000 people have already booked Peter Pan tickets, a 17 per cent increase on this time last year, which broke records with 56.375 total sales. Mr Saville expects The Hoff factor to pass that once Peter Pan, which also stars Su Pollard and Barney Harwood, is up and running."Your local legend Su Pollard is really a pro," Hasselhoff told the Post, during a break. "And I'm a pro. We come from the old school.""We've been incorporating Hoff into pretty much everything. So the marketing office is now the Marketing Hoffice."As Peter Pan opens, next year's Theatre Royal panto will be announced, although the cast won't be revealed until the new year."We aren't going to get David Hasselhoff back next year," said Mr Saville."At least, I'd be very surprised if we do."One of my jobs this Christmas is to go to other pantos around the country to see who've they got and whether we want them to come to us next year."Tickets for the 2014 panto also go on sale on Saturday.See Friday's EG for more words from The Hoff. In tomorrow's EG Daily we talk to Blue Peter star Barney Harwood. And don't miss our chat with Su Pollard and The Hoff at nottinghampost.com.

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He likes getting out to quiet spots and just blending in "as opposed to being the Hoff or David Hasselhoff", he says. And he's looking forward to getting to know Nottingham."We're certainly going to enjoy it," he says. "My daughters are coming up for the holidays.""You'll see me in and about Nottingham," he says. "I'm not a recluse."I would love to come and see other shows (but) that's the problem because we're working. I like to get out to a resort, someplace out in the country. I really enjoy that."

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Source: Nottingham Post