12 December 2014 to 4 January 2015
Reviewed by Amanda Hayes
If you want a fun night out for all ages head along to the Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall where Peter Pan is on stage, twice a day, right up to the 4th January 2014.
Mark Moraghan from Holby City fame plays a fantastic bad guy as Captain Hook, and Gemma Hunt from CBeebies plays the naughty fairy Tinkerbell. There is a superb cast playing Peter Pan, Wendy, Smee and the Pirate crew backed up by the McAllister Brown dance School and All The Arts Theatre School. Everyone on stage look like they are thoroughly enjoying themselves all throughout the show.
The scenery is excellent and with a plethora of set changes and costume changes the pantomime is really fast moving, great to keep children interested. The story starts in Wendy’s bedroom as Peter Pan comes to visit, Peter makes them believe they can fly and then the story starts in earnest as they arrive in Never Never Land. The special effects in this pantomime are some of the best I have seen with Peter Pan flying around not only the stage but across the audience and Wendy and her brothers flying across the roof tops of London with the scenery rushing by. It really was good. They also have the whole theatre ceiling covered in tiny twinkly stars in several scenes which gives a great atmosphere and is very festive.
The traditional Peter Pan story continues with singing, dancing, jokes and audience participation making for an entertaining evening. A lot of the songs were current so the audience knew them and could sing along, including a pirate version of its All About That Base. There was not as many silly jokes as I remember a panto having but it didn’t detract from the enjoyment of the night. One highlight of the evening was the comedy acrobats The Nitwits who, as the pirate crew, did a fantastic humorous routine of somersaults and tumbling stunts.
In fact there were many highlights so I recommend you try and get tickets for Peter Pan if you can. Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall has easy access for wheelchairs and a lift for the less mobile together with a ground floor bar and parking right next door all make for a great night out for all of the family.
Tickets cost from £16.50 to £24 (plus £1.25 booking fee).
Peter Pan is at the Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells until 4 January 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 01892 530613.
Assembly Hall Theatre, Crescent Rd, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2LU | 01892 530613