Arts Review: Peter Pan

The Kings Theatre, Dec 6th ‘14 – Jan 11th ‘15

Pantomime is a definitive British tradition over the festive period, which means pantomime completely takes over almost every theatre venue and community hall for the entirety of December, as schools are bused out and ladies’ groups assemble for a few hours of fairytale hi-jinks and an ice-cream intermission. If you have only been to one theatre show in the past few weeks, it was probably a pantomime. The festive period is not complete without the boos and hisses of ‘he’s behind you!’

Peter Pan at the Kings theatre fulfils all expectations of a traditional pantomime. The storyline is the traditional tale of the boy who never grew up. The story is played out amongst lavish sets and fantastic costumes and pull the audience into a fully conceived Neverland. Musically there is a modern twist with chart hits to help tell the story, meaning the audience can’t help but sing along which is all part of the fun.

The highlight of the show however is the band of pirates. The humour is held up by the banter between Greg McHugh – made famous through Gary the Tank Commander and Fresh Meat – , and Des Clarke as Starky. As well as being big names, these two are hilarious and their humour is funny for both children and adults which gets the whole family laughing. This comic duo are a real star turn, and sets Peter Pan apart from other pantomimes this year.

And what better year to have such joy on the stage as we say ‘Happy Birthday!’ to the Kings as they celebrate 50 years of the pantomime? This performance does the celebration perfect, pirate-code justice.

[Rachel Pyke]

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