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Peter Pan review at Civic Hall Bedworth

This production was slow on the start, with children in the audience only silenced in the third scene when Peter Pan flew in.

This silence did not last long however. In the next scene Mike Newman Jnr as Smee kick-started the fun of pantomimes for the evening, generating an enthusiastic response.

He was a natural in this role and was instantly popular with children and adults alike in the audience, mixing with ease slapstick, stand-up comedy and jokes for all ages.

Another carrying force in this show was Jared Morgan, who was a fantastic Captain Hook, suitably evil and ridiculous. He too interacted with the audience with ease.

The casting of Nathalie Pyle as Wendy was not the best choice, because she was very clearly not a young girl and failed to come across as one and looked awkward in her night-dress. She surprised, however, with a delightful singing voice which was the saving grace of musical scenes with Lucinda Cowden’s Peter Pan. The latter was on the whole convincing as the boy who never wanted to grow up.

The Rita Proctor dancers, who appeared as Indians and pirates, were rather poor actors but provided very welcome eye candy for the adult female audience.

Production Information

Civic Hall, Bedworth, December 14-January 4

Author
JM Barrie, adapted by David Lee
Director
Brian Marshall
Producer
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council and Pantoni Pantomimes
Cast includes
Lucinda Cowden, Mike Newman Junior, Jared Morgan, Nathalie Pyle
Running time
2hrs 35mins

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