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Peter Pan review at Wyvern Theatre, Swindon – ‘volatile’

Peter Pan at Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

Peter Pan, seen by JM Barrie as his theatrical homage to childhood, is always at its best allying dazzling flying scenes with a sense of unexpected adventure and a suspension of belief – ingredients of decidedly mixed quality at Swindon`s Wyvern Theatre this year.

Horsham-based production company One From The Heart is again working alongside giant pantomime purveyors Qdos Entertainment. Technically, this is an eye-catching affair, as Ryan Anderson`s virile Peter Pan and the Darling children skim across the rooftops of London, en route to Neverland.

On the adventure side, Adam Woodyatt is a low-key Captain Hook, at his best when being stalked by the crocodile. At other times, Antony Lawrence as a hyperactive Smee seems to be providing the laughter quotient all on his own, while an energetic Danielle Black unusually reboots the Darling family housemaid Eliza as the narrator.

Abigail Matthews`s thigh-slapping Tinker Bell does manage one of Barrie`s darker moments in her jealousy of Lucy Pollard`s winsome Wendy and, like the show itself, the sets and costumes are at their most glittering in the aerial scenes. The entire cast is well over the top, though, in the audience participation stakes.

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Verdict
Audience members work almost as hard as the cast in this volatile Peter Pan

Production

Production
Peter Pan
Venue
Wyvern Theatre
City
Swindon
Starts
December 2, 2017
Ends
December 31, 2017
Press night
December 5, 2017
Authors
JM Barrie
Adaptation
Simon Aylin
Director
Luke Sheppard
Musical director
Ben Kennedy
Choreographer
Damian Czarnecki
Set
Qdos Entertainment
Lighting
Charlie Morgan Jones
Sound
Andrew McAnulty
Costume
Qdos Entertainment
Stage manager
Edward Jell
Production manager
Simon Francklin
Cast includes
Adam Woodyatt, Antony Lawrence, Ryan Anderson, Danielle Black, Abigail Matthews, Lucy Pollard
Producer
One From The Heart in association with Qdos Entertainment
Running time
2hrs 20mins