Peter Pan review at Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne – ‘superb’
Purists have always doubted the inclusion of Peter Pan as a traditional pantomime, but, in the hands of Eastbourne Theatres’ creative team, even they would agree that it has earned its place.
In the confined space that the stage of the Devonshire Park Theatre offers, pyrotechnics, water fountains, a mermaid lagoon and four flying characters are included, along with an eclectic score ranging from music hall favourites through to current chart hits.
Robust sets are changed with lightning speed as we are transported from the streets of London to Neverland and, eventually, on to the Jolly Roger. Lighting effects are as cleverly orchestrated as the musical score, and, together with perfectly timed sound effects, enhance the production well.
Brian Capron as Hook would create more of an impact if he could be nastier, while the comic duo of Smee, played by Tucker, and his mother Mrs Smee, played by pantomime dame Martyn Knight, tick every box with their comic timing and interaction with the audience.
This traditional pantomime offers everything from swashbuckling pirates to street dancing television stars and, together with it’s technical wizardry, is the perfect festive treat.