My family and I have just been to see Peter Pan at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre. I suspected we were in for a treat, but didn’t quite know what my 8 year old son would make of it, as this was his first pantomime experience
We all enjoyed it and it was a great warm feeling hearing the laughs and seeing the beams on both my sons’ faces.
I knew from previous productions that the sets, choreography, dancing and visual effects would be stunning and I was not disappointed with these.
Although, as a fan of Eastenders in the ‘80s, I was particularly looking forward to seeing John Altman as Captain Hook, I have to say I enjoyed the performances by The Chuckle Brothers a lot more than I was expecting to.
They have a timeless appeal with their comedy and their humour worked on all levels. The crowd really warmed to them and laughed hysterically in some places.
Ross Carpenter (who has just finished a tour of An Evening of Dirty Dancing as Rob) was convincing in the lead role of Peter Pan; and Hannah Nicholas, Lucy Evans and Kimmy Edwards added to the magic in their roles as Wendy, Tinkerbell and Tiger Lily.
The Grand Theatre orchestra was very impressive, and John Altman’s performance of ‘Bad Blood ‘by Taylor Swift was very entertaining as was a subtle phrase from Eastenders.
Le Maitre and Flying by Foy Ltd provided amazing pyrotechnics and, without wanting to give too much away, a particular flying effect at the end of the first half was the highlight for my two boys.
To bring some magic to your festive period you can catch Peter Pan at the Wolverhampton Grand from now up until Sunday 24th January. Check out the trailer here: