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Opening night of Peter Pan

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I’ve just come back from the opening night of Peter Pan at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre with three kids (3, 5 and 10) and Mr Muddy (as old as the hills).

Such good fun, I really recommend it. Loads of laughs and silliness, and fun stunts with pyrotechnics, streamers and at one point even water guns. Andy Collins as Smee stole the show from Russell Grant who, though enthusiastic and lovely, really just flounced along in pink sequined buccaneer costume.

Andy Collins held the show together as Smee

Steven Serlin as Captain Hook (below) was obviously relishing his role, biting back at some crowd heckling and starring in several musical numbers including a hilarious dance routine from Gangnam Style. Meanwhile, two ‘Supreme’ style singers, all tight sequined dresses, shimmy and attitude, had fun with a back catalogue of soul classics with lyrics humorously altered to fit the story of the panto.

One half of the Motown girls. (You can just about make out the other side of the stage).

The least interesting part of the show were the exchanges between Wendy and Peter Pan. Holly Brewer as Wendy is obviously a talented singer, her voice effortless and lovely, but her acting felt a little rushed at times. The script hopped here and there, Peter Pan stabbed so badly in one scene that he couldn’t stand, but miraculously back to normal the next after apparently being rescued by beautiful Indian girl Tigerlily.


Peter Pan, Wendy and the Lost Boys

It didn’t matter though. Panto is about nervous newcomers and seasoned old pros, the line between kitsch and naff, an understanding from the audience not to take things too seriously. In the end, the entire audience was jigging to One Direction’s What Makes You Beautiful including Mr Muddy who, being a New Zealander, allegedly didn’t ‘get’ panto.

It was two hours of daft escapism and the best family fun we’ve had for ages, so if you’re not booked into a panto yet, put Peter Pan on your to-do list before Christmas.

Tickets £10-26. Book tickets here. Performances run until 30 December.



2 comments on “Opening night of Peter Pan”

  • Anna Merritt December 12, 2012

    We’re going to see Jedward in panto on the 21st – think it will be a lot more downmarket than this! x

    • muddystiletto December 13, 2012

      You pikey! x


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