9 December to 2 January 2017
Reviewed by Emma Booth
I went last night with my daughter and mum to see this year’s panto of Peter Pan at The Hawth theatre in Crawley. I was also lucky enough to see last year’s panto and that was so good I thought they would be hard pushed to top it, but it exceeded all expectations which I suppose is down to the fact that the producers of this year’s panto “Evolution Productions” also produced last year panto.
The cast was brilliant with Emma Barton, who plays honey in Eastenders, playing Tinkerbell but this was a Tinkerbell with attitude and not so sweet as the Tink were used to and Shaun Williamson, who played Barry in Eastenders, was staring as the evil villain, Hook. Joseph Elliott and Richard David-Caine who play the two pirates in Cbeebies Swashbuckle also playing pirates in the show, I think playing pirates is what they do best as they were fantastic.
The story pretty much follows the story of Peter Pan that we all know but in true pantomime style. One of my favourite characters was Mrs Smee, who was this year’s pantomime dame, and was outrageously funny and as flamboyant as any a dame could be. There were some great dance routines that were brilliantly upbeat and catchy and plenty to join in with, like clapping booing singing and more, the time just flew by.
There were so many high points it’s hard to pick any one out but Peter Pan’s entrance at one point is amazing (I won’t say any more and spoil it). There were plenty of jokes to please everyone, some the kids wouldn’t get that the adults would and some that were just downright awful (I think that’s the whole point of some though). I couldn’t fault any part of the performance, it was a blast from start to finish and we all loved every minute of it.
The Hawth theatre has its own free parking and is such a lovely theatre it’s always a joy to attend a show here we can’t wait to see next year’s panto of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Tickets cost from £11.25 to £30.75 (booking fees may apply).
Peter Pan is at The Hawth in Crawley until 2 January 2017. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 01293 553636.
The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley, Sussex, RH10 6YZ | 01293 553636