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Peter Pan

Published Tuesday 3 January 2012 at 10:18 by Bernard Bale

It is fitting that Peter Pan should mostly have a young cast as their energy and enthusiasm is what makes this Polka Dot panto really succeed. The audience enjoys every minute of it and there are some great song and dance routines choreographed by Neil Couperthwaite. The sets and effects are good, and it has all the ingredients of a traditional family pantomime.

Although there is no live music, the production still works well. It did not shirk Peter Pan and the children being able to fly, with some nice work in that department as there was in the UV underwater scene.

It is difficult to single out anyone for a special mention as they all work so hard, but Victoria Fallow-Norton did a particularly good job as Tinkerbell, second only to show-stealer Justin Ward, who throws everything into his role as Smee and leaves us totally exhausted by the end of the show.

Former Coronation Street star Bruce Jones keeps busy as both Mr Darling and the dastardly Captain Hook. Jamie McKillop has a good rapport with the audience as Peter Pan and Harriet Payne deserves her applause as Wendy.

Many of this cast are making their professional debuts and it is great to see so much talent coming through. I hope they will all go on to have great careers.

Production information

Blackfriars Theatre, Boston, December 9-January 3

JM Barrie, Darren Maddison
Kate Eason
Polka Dot Pantomimes
Cast includes:
Abigail Bourne, Victoria Fallow-Norton, Bruce Jones, Jamie McKillop, Harriet Payne, Rebecca Taylor, Justin Ward
Running time:

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Run sheet

King's Head, Islington London
January 24-February 15 2014