It’s that time of year again! Panto season is upon us and you do not want to miss this clever, belly achingly funny and visually stunning production of PETER PAN at the newly refurbished Hull New Theatre.
I had the opportunity to go this week with my two young kids and this stage version of Peter Pan was the ultimate adventure for them and every child in the theatre, plus the lucky grown-ups that get to went with them.
It was non- stop entertainment from the start. The kids were jumping up and down in their seats in a show which captures the magic of the classic tale with some added special effects. It has plenty of twists and surprises, and loads of silly moments just perfect for children but you will find yourself laughing right along with them.
The theatrics of the crocodile were truly fantastic but a word of caution for parents with sensitive children and very little ones, the 3D part of the show in the second act might be a bit too scary.
The show had stunning sets, fabulous costumes, a live orchestra, great music you could sing along to, and pantomime magic. For us, it was an evening full of laughter that’ll really leave a lasting impression – it certainly has on me!
With this version which has come to Hull, we’re treated to a mesmerising cast and some really talented ensemble – many picked from Hull.
Darren Day is quite hilarious as Captain Hook. He has a magnificent West-End career behind him, previously starring as Joseph in ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ amongst many other fabulous starring roles. He’s had numerous television presenting appearances, television roles and feature films too. His experience and talent made him the supreme baddie that you just love to boo and end up loving in the end.
Brendan Sheerin has been on our television screens for 17 years on the series of Coach Trip. He has appeared in pantomime several times and you can tell that he truly relishes it. He was an endearing Starkey and very funny to watch especially in the uproarious slapstick moments with his co-stars.
Charlie Hardwick as Mimi the Magical Mermaid comes to us straight from Emmerdale. Mimi sang, danced and dazzled her way into our hearts with a touch of cheekiness.
Jonny Labey is a lovable actor who plays Peter Pan fabulously. He seemed to be in perfect control when he was flying and battling Captain Hook.
Sid Sloane as Big Chief Sitting Sid has been a star presenter on Cbeebies for 15 years. When he walked onto the stage you could feel the sense of wonder as the children recognise one of their absolute favourites of television. He was a brilliant all-round performer and really funny too!
Ricky K as Smee absolutely steals the show! He performed some of his now famous Britain’s Got Talent routine ‘The Fairy Tale of Love’ to glorious effect and had the audience laughing throughout the night.
The rest of the starring and ensemble cast, including Savanna Darnell as Tiger Lily, Alice Strachan as Tinker Bell and Bethany Relf as Wendy, treated us to a wonderfully impressive performance with beautiful singing, and extraordinary dance routines.
Without a doubt, you really do not want to miss this. It was an amazing experience from start to finish and whether you’re a big or little kid, it’s great fun and you’ll love it! Hull New Theatre is now such a high-quality theatre to see it too, particularly since it’s refurbishment.
Peter Pan is running every day until 31st December with the exception Monday 18th and Christmas Day. There’s an afternoon matinee and evening performance each day and tickets start from £18 adults and £14.50 children. Tickets are going fast so check online for ticket availability at hulltheatres.co.uk