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Theatre Review: Peter Pan: A New Adventure @ Greenwich Theatre

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Andrew Pollard has been luring me to the Greenwich Theatre every Christmas for the past few years with hysterical adaptions of classic stories and this year the Dame is back with a hilarious, brand new journey from modern day London back to Neverland!

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From the get go the panto is filled with typical camaraderie including an innocent looking Peter Pan, played by Rory Maguire, introduced by flying through the air singing Chezney Hawkes’ hit “I am the One and Only”. Hook (Anthony Spargo) continuousing jeering the crowd with his daring banter which is a show stealer, and Long Joan Silver (Andrew Pollard) gracing the stage with sharp, sidesplitting jokes and flamboyant outfits that are not easy on the eyes!

The story would assume the audience is familar with J.M Barrie's orginal tale of Pan and his conflict with Hook in Neverland, but as the title suggests this is a new escapade written by Pollard containing characters old and new, familiar locations and wild enchantment seasoned with all round entertainment for kids and adults alike.

Wendy (Louise Young) sings sweetly and cruises through her lines with such elegance and passion, meanwhile Krystal Dockery as Tinkerbell captures the hearts of the audience with her hapless love for Pan, all illustrated with a lovable and entertaining ensemble.

The character of Smee (Sackie Osakovnor) plays sidekick to Hook, and balances the villain out with naïve and cheerful wit. James-Paul McAllister wonderfully plays four different characters including a crowd pleasing Percy the Parakeet.

Dazzling lights illuminate the whole room, sparkly sets cleverly twist into different, bold scenes and popular music, including One Direction and Justin Timberlake, plays throughout prompting the audience to get up and dance. The venue is caked in lovely Christmas deco and offers festive refreshments at the bar all adding to the xmas atmosphere. 

Falling off script at times, which is no suprise cosidering some gags in the dialogue, the narrative captures wonderous elements of the classic tale, but marvelled perfectly with modern-day themes.

A marvellously bonkers adventure, the show mirrors a colourful and festive cabaret joined together through serious acting, singing, dancing with audience participation and some glowing effects. I laughed consistently, as did Jamie, my 5-year-old nephew, evidently making the show a Christmassy treat for all.

Peter Pan: A New Adventure will run at The Greenwich Theatre until 8th January 2017. You can find out more here.

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