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Peter Pan

Published Wednesday 12 December 2012 at 16:13 by Victor Hallett

This is a pretty pantomime. Time and again the large Llandudno stage reveals what seems to be a page from a glorious picture book. Not that there’s anything static about it. The dances are very lively and imaginative, especially the acrobatic Native American number.

There are also some nicely managed fighting sequences which achieve a very successful combination of physical action and dance.

Peter is played by Barney Harwood, a children’s favourite from Blue Peter. He brings a nicely boyish charm to the role. Wendy is winningly played by Dawn Williams but it’s Isobel Hathaway’s spiteful Tinkerbell who steals the early scenes.

Michael Howe’s flamboyant Captain Hook is nicely dastardly. The moment when the auditorium is thick with grey foam bricks being thrown at him by the audience is amazing. He’s also an excellent Mr Darling and provides a wholly unexpected twist in the plot’s tail.

I also liked Rachel Stanley’s demure Mrs Darling and her anything but demure tottering mermaid.

The comedy is in the safe hands of John Evans’ Smee, nicely playing his front row, dealing expertly with the children from the audience and co-ordinating a very funny roll-call with his inept pirate crew.

Oh, and the crocodile’s rather impressive too.

Production information

Venue Cymru, Llandudno, December 8-December 30

JM Barrie,Jonathan Kiley (adaptation)
Barbara Evans
Qdos Entertainment
Barney Harwood, John Evans, Michael Howe, Isobel Hathaway, Rachel Stanley, Dawn Williams
Running time:
2hrs 25mins

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Run sheet

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