Opening night of Peter Pan
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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.
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.
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.
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.