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Peter Pan review at Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre – ‘slick’

The Chuckle Brothers in Peter Pan at Wolverhampton's Grand Theatre The Chuckle Brothers in panto at Wolverhampton's Grand Theatre: childrens's show ChuckleVision helped foster a life-long interest in the arts in a generation of youngsters

This Qdos production is very much a vehicle for panto veterans the Chuckle Brothers, Paul and Barry Elliott, to take centre stage.

While Peter Pan and Wendy, their battle with Captain Hook and the saving of the lost boys is the storyline, the attention is firmly fixed on the two comedians.

The two have panto down to a fine art. They play to the audience, they clown around and they make mistakes and convulse with laughter. It’s a formula that has been tried and tested over the years in many pantos in towns and cities, so they can’t really go wrong.

It’s a shame their enthusiasm isn’t matched by that of John Altman as Hook. For an actor who has been playing panto bad guys for more than 30 years, he’s incredibly lacklustre. There’s no gusto or evil, instead he bumbles uncertainly around the stage and needs to learn the lyrics of Bad Blood if he’s to lead it.

The panto as a whole, though, is fast-paced, fun and slick, with punchy performances from Ross Carpenter as Pan and Lucy Evans as Tinkerbell. The set is imaginative, with an impressive pirate ship and a flying car that brings the Chuckle Brothers even closer to the audience.

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The Chuckle Brothers keep the jokes coming in this fun pantomime, but Captain Hook lacks gusto and evil