Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit and His Friends review at Brentwood Theatre

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After last year’s charming Jemima Puddle Duck, Ray Howes again delves into the magical world of Beatrix Potter, with four enchanting tales to enthral juvenile audiences.

Bringing a little corner of the Lake District to Brentwood, David Zelly immerses you into a welcoming shire-like warren set, burrowed below verdant meadows.

While Deborah Luery’s Beatrix Potter paints serenely, Nicholas Rutherford bounds about as mischievous Peter Rabbit. Inquisitive rascal Rutherford captures those hyperactive mannerisms we all associate with greedy Peter, as if fuelled on E numbers.

Andrew Nance does a fantastic job with fearsome Mr McGregor, adopting an accent reminiscent of Willy in the Simpsons, while Sophie Farquhar’s white cat is highly feline.

Costume designer Lynne Trubridge is painstakingly inventive with her concoctions, from Nance’s brogue-wearing Benjamin Bunny, to the protruding prickles of Jackson Pentland’s Mrs Tiggy-Winkle – proof of the magical character illustrations being brought to life.

Ian Southgate’s medley, including the charming Zizz! Buzz! Zizz! and I Can’t Sit Still, will solve bedtime sing-alongs for months to come.

Engaging escapism at its best and a tempting alternative if you lack the stomach for another round of ‘it’s behind you’ shows.

Production Information

Brentwood Theatre, December 8-30

Beatrix Potter, Adrian Mitchell (adaptation)
Ray Howes
Brentwood Theatre, Vivid Musical Theatre
Cast includes
Sophie Farquhar, Mia Keadell, Deborah Luery, Andrew Nance, Jackson Pentland, Nicholas Rutherford
Running time
1hr 50mins