Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds’ in-house production of Peter Pan builds on the success of its previous traditional pantomimes and provides an excellent 200th-anniversary celebration for the intimate Georgian theatre.
The production is well cast. Chris Clarkson clearly enjoys his role as the garish, flamboyantly dressed Tiger Lily, blending puns and other antics with plenty of innuendo.
Oliver Mawdsley, as the loveable timid Smee, warms up the audience nicely, while Lauren Chinery makes an engaging, energetic Peter Pan with strong physical comedy skills.
Anna Campkin is a fun, cheeky, but also remorseful Tinkerbell, capturing these qualities best in her encounters with Jasmine Hackett’s Wendy.
Alan Mehdizadeh dominates the stage as the fiendish Captain Hook, but he also shows a softer side to the character. His sidekick, Joanne Sandi’s Mad Maud, brings a mischievous Artful Dodger-quality to the role.
The music has plenty of punch and includes an apt use of the James Bond theme Live and Let Die. John Slevin’s colourful and lively lighting adds to the excitement.
Dawn Allsopp’s set is full of nooks and crannies and proves very flexible. One stand-out scene is the Mermaid’s Lagoon, in which the stage transforms into a colourful pool helped by humorous antics by the cast. Talking of water, in the hilarious cleaning song scene an umbrella might be useful.