Peter Pan review at Anvil Theatre Basingstoke
UK productions has produced the panto at the Anvil for some time now and with each year that passes they seem to acquire more accomplished performers, more sparkling costumes, more intuitive directors and this year of course the excellent Flying by Foy.
This Peter Pan is traditional in its storytelling (compliments to writer Andrew Ryan), contemporary in its choreography (thanks to Sarah Louise Day) and dynamic in its direction (director Pete Hillier is also on stage as the effervescent Smee).
Ben-Ryan Davies has a wealth of television experience for someone so young and impressively transfers his acting abilities to the stage in his role as the very likeable Peter Pan. He is ably supported by Amanda Salmon as the roller-skating Tinkerbell and has an excellent adversary in Gary Turner as Captain Hook.
The Nitwits are the hilarious gymnastic Pirate Crew with Zara Warren as Wendy, Julia J Nagle doubling as Mrs Darling and the Mermaid and Shireen Jordan as Tiger Lily.
The juveniles from two local dancing schools are proficient and well rehearsed as are the young lads who play John (Harrison Cohen and Reuben Overton) and Michael (Ashley Piper and Benjamin Macken).
Anvil Theatre, Basingstoke, December 8-January 2
- Andrew Ryan
- Pete Hillier
- Martin Dodd, UK Productions
- Amanda Salmon, Pete Hillier, Gary Turner, Julia-J Nagle, Zara Warren, Ben-Ryan Davies, Shireen Jordan, Andy Rothwell, Paul Cox, Freddie Mason, Harrison Cohen/Reuben Overton, Ashley Piper/Benjamin Macken, Kirsty Edwards-Longhurst, Hannah Piasecki, Jessica Todd, Kimberley Vowles, Basingstoke Academy of Dancing, Kelly Hopkins Theatre Arts
- Running time
- 2hrs 30mins
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