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Peter Pan – A New Adventure at Greenwich Theatre

Rory Maguire as Peter and Anthony Spargo as Captain Hook in Peter Pan A New Adventure at Greenwich Theatre
Rory Maguire as Peter and Anthony Spargo as Captain Hook in Peter Pan A New Adventure at Greenwich Theatre, photo credit Robert Day

Peter Pan at Greenwich Theatre definitely takes you on a whole “new adventure” this Christmas. The show has been brilliantly written by Andrew Pollard with slapstick comedy and dialogue to engage both children and parents in this unique plot twist of Peter Pan and Wendy’s adventure to Neverland. Greenwich Theatre premieres many of our beloved Peter Pan characters whilst Pollard has created some new ones to tickle your fancies and are sure to make you chuckle.

I cannot fault the enthusiasm and humour that Musical Director Steve Markwick (on his eleventh panto) brought to the show providing a clever twist to well-known scores and lyrics. There is a richness and fullness to the composition of music which seems to hold the show together and provide more insight into the plot and the detail of individual characters.

Anthony Spargo who has featured in previous Panto’s at Greenwich Theatre including Robin Hood, Aladdin and Red Riding Hood once again stole the show as we watched him perform as the evil Captain Hook engaging audience members from all ages.

Having finished a year-long stint in the West End Musical Mamma Mia!, Louise Young gave a faultless performance as Wendy which was beautifully sung as she gracefully moved around the stage. Young definitely grasped the heart of Peter Pan and spectators throughout her brilliant performance and the ensemble cannot be praised highly enough as they kept the show running smoothly remaining in character throughout all parts they played.

The set design and costume by Cleo Pettitt were both the cherry on top for this energetic Christmas bonanza as they take you through the magical world of Neverland, Pirate Ship’s, mermaid lagoon’s and all the way up to a night lit sky as we watch Peter Pan and Wendy perform in a flying duet.

Peter Pan symbolises the joy of being a child, the show reminds us of the importance of spreading joy, encouragement, and imagination to all children everywhere. It really is a Christmas feel-good show. You’ll hear all your favourite music with a twist featuring one direction, spice girls and some old classics. Overall, a great show with some stand-out performances. Peter Pan a New Adventure is certainly not an adventure to be missed.

4 stars

Review by Kasia Herbaut

After a record-breaking year, with 71 of the 75 performances of Red Riding Hood selling-out, we are proud to announce that 2016’s pantomime will be Peter Pan: A New Adventure by Andrew Pollard.
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