Silly costumes, lots of flying, a brilliant crocodile, shouting out and a good old singsong - this is family panto at its best.
I set sail for Neverland last night with my miniest Muddy and her best bud, and what a swashbuckling adventure we three girls had. J.M. Barrie’s timeless classic Peter Pan was brought to life – as it so often is at this time of year – with the lines between naff, kitch and just plain silly suitably blurred and blended.
There was no time for dinner (I blame the traffic) – so it was popcorn, Haribos, lemonade (for the girls) and white wine (for me). And this feels exactly how you should spend those two hours of daft escapism watching panto.
Directed by Suzi Budd – who also took on the role of the cheeky Tinker Bell – the cast is made up of a talented bunch of actors as well as a group of incredibly talented local kids as the Lost Boys.
The traditional bits were all there including some magnificently silly costumes, lots of flying, a brilliant crocodile, plenty of shouting out and a good old singsong.
After his turn as Buttons in Cinderella last year, Harrison Spiers returned to Camberley to don the green tunic and dazzle as Peter Pan – particularly during the flying scenes. Grace Holroyd was sweet as Wendy, and is obviously a talented singer, her voice effortless and lovely.
Popular panto dame Robert Pearce was fab as Mrs Smee, engaging with the audience including one poor chap called Owen who became her comical love interest. Charlie Legg, who made his panto debut at Camberley last year as Dandini in Cinderella, shone as Mini Smee, while Marcus Churchill was obviously relishing his role as Hook, playing the villain to perfection.
A standout for me was Sarah Cunnington, a regular at the Camberley panto, who stepped into multiple roles – Mrs Darling, Myrtle the mermaid and Big Chief Indian – and belted out some pretty impressive tunes. That girl can sing.
The sets cleverly transported us from the bedroom of the Darling children to Neverland and back again. And special mention must go to the lighting and sound crews, who did a sterling job.
The jokes come thick and fast, as do the puns, and there’s plenty to keep the little ones hooked (sorry). There were, of course, gags for the grown-ups too – Trump being the main focus of these.
But this is a family show at it’s core – and brilliant family entertainment. It’s over-the-top and great festive fun – you should definitely put Peter Pan on your to-do list this Christmas.
Peter Pan is at Camberley Theatre until Sun 31 December. camberleytheatre.com
■ WANT TO WIN A FAMILY TICKET TO SEE PETER PAN?
We have a family ticket to give away to see Peter Pan at Camberley Theatre on Fri 29 Dec.
- Entrants must be 18 years and over
• The competition is for a family ticket (four people) to see Alice in Winterland at the Rose Theatre, Kingston on Thurs 7 Dec at 6pm; OR
• Tickets for a family of four to see Peter Pan at Camberley Theatre on Fri 29 Dec, at either 1pm or 5pm.
- The Alice in Winterland competition closes at 6pm on Wed 6 Dec; and the Peter Pan competition closes at 6pm on Fri 22 Dec.
- No alternative prize will be offered and the prize cannot be exchanged for cash
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