We’ve never been to an Easter panto before and wondered if the fun would translate to Spring. Last weekend, we were invited to watch Peter Pan at our local theatre, St Helens Theatre Royal, so what better way to spend Easter Saturday evening?
You may remember we thoroughly enjoyed our last panto at the Theatre Royal – Quite a few cast members were the same, so practically knew we would be well & truly entertained.
There had been a fairly last minute cast change, in that Ray Quinn, of X Factor & Dancing on Ice fame (alright, Brookside fame for us oldies) had been drafted in to play Peter. Having no idea who the original actor was (think he was something to do with TOWIE) I was quite relieved. We went to see Ray Quinn when he was playing Peter Pan at the Liverpool Empire a couple of years ago, so knew he would be good.
We didn’t expect that he would start off so strongly though by actually flying in. Fair play to St Helens Theatre Royal for such good special effects. I particularly liked the moving background as Wendy & Peter are ‘flying’ over the rooftops too.
Our favourite characters were Mr & Mrs Smee – They had such a good connection together on stage. Liam Mellor & Simon Foster are just magnificent and have fantastic comic timing. The kids chuckled at Naughty Tinkerbell (Not the teenager obviously, far too cool for that!)
Our slight irritation was that we just couldn’t tell quite a lot of what Captain Hook was saying – Not sure if it was his moustache that was making his speech furry or where he was stood on stage.
The actual story and setting was very similar to when we saw Peter Pan in Liverpool but then again, why change what works?
Our friend’s son is the Dog/Crocodile and Pirate – We may be biased but quite honestly, we think he did a fantastic job! Well done Aidan! Remember us when you are on the West End.
Disclosure: We were supplied with tickets in exchange for a fair and honest review. Tickets
Photographs supplied courtesy of Bill Elms Associates.