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Peter Pan

“Energetic and imaginative”

Electrifying energy and imaginative audacity charge this year’s 20h anniversary Peter Pan at Hereford’s Courtyard Theatre.

The challenge in pantomiming this particular story is to offset the elements of Edwardian prissiness without distorting or coarsening its timeless magic. Adaptor Lyndsay Maples and director Estelle van Warmelo achieve this triumphantly.

Lyrical delicacy beautifully counterpoints lurid melodrama and outrageous pantodamery. The elements combine to captivating effect: there’s pulsating choreography, ravishing designs and costumes, a dynamic score, a witty script and irresistible acting across the board.

It is also a production of surprises, most notably Madeleine MacMahon’s brilliantly mimed punk Tinkerbell, grounded in both senses, incapable of fairy aviation, she’s the ultimate scene stealer.

Isabella Rubin’s Wendy conveys maternal tenderness without mawkishness. Without doubt the show’s tour de force performance is Craig Painting’s blood-curdlingly piratical Hook, danced, sung and acted with high voltage bravura and relish.

Fronting the show, Philip Day’s Ms Smee plays the audience shamelessly,  with a refreshing lack of crudity or slapstick, but an abundance of verbal pyrotechnics. An evening to treasure.https://www.thestage.co.uk/pantomime/

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Production Details
Production namePeter Pan
VenueThe Courtyard
StartsDecember 1, 2018
EndsJanuary 12, 2019
Running time2hrs 10mins
AdaptorLyndsay Maples
DirectorEstelle Van Warmelo
Musical directorHenry Burnett
ChoreographerHolly Hughes
Set designerMark Walters
Costume designerJane Hewson
Lighting designerCarl Hulme
CastCraig Painting, Dario Cacioppo, Ellis Kerkhoven, Isabella Rubin, Madeleine Macmahon, Philip Day
VerdictEnergetic and imaginative pantomime that captures the story's timeless magic
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