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Peter Pan review at Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne – ‘superb’

Peter Pan at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Photo: Robert Workman

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.

Verdict
Technically superb production with all the traditional pantomime highlights

Production Information

Production
Peter Pan
Venue
Devonshire Park Theatre
City
Eastbourne
Starts
December 11, 2015
Ends
January 17, 2016
Authors
JM Barrie
Adaptation
Chris Jordan
Director
Chris Jordan
Musical director
Sarah Travis
Choreographer
Sam Spencer-Lane
Set
Albemarle Productions
Lighting
Douglas Morgan
Sound
Clement Rawling
Costume
Shelley Claridge
Technical
Dave Norris (deputy stage manager), Georgina Eager (assistant stage manager)
Production manager
Paul Delaney
Cast includes
Brian Capron, Twist and Pulse, Martyn Knight, Tucker, Ewan Goddard, Ashleigh Drew
Producer
Eastbourne Theatres
Running time
2hrs 45mins