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Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PX
020 7452 3000
Tickets from £15
16-Nov-16 to 4-Feb-17
Mon-Fri, Sat, Sun, 7pm; 2pm matinees on certain dates
7 years to Adult
All children, except one, grow up...
This winter, JM Barrie's much-loved tale takes flight. When Peter Pan leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow during a visit to London, headstrong Wendy helps him re-attach it. In return she is invited to Neverland – where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook, played by Sophie Thompson await. Exploring the possibilities and pain of growing up, it's a riot of magic, mischief, music and make-believe.
Add a Neverland Tea Party to your ticket booking through the Box Office, either by phone on 020 7452 3000 or when selecting tickets online.
Savour snacks inspired by the show, including fish finger sandwiches, strawberry and marshmallow muffins and crocodile éclairs.
£15 per person (adults and children).
Book tickets for Peter Pan now and select Neverland from the Restaurant package options once you've added tickets to your basket.
Neverland Tea Parties will take place at 4.30pm in the Olivier Café after Peter Pan Saturday matinees, on:
Saturday 19 November
Saturday 26 November
Saturday 3 December
Saturday 10 December
Saturday 17 December
Times and prices are subject to change. Contact venue before setting out.
There's so much more than traditional panto to #ntPeterPan. Flying (literally) the fine line between pantomime pandemonium and great quality theatre (it is a Bristol Old Vic production), this is a fantastical and funny flight to Neverland like no other. It's must see family entertainment this Christmas - A review
Traditional panto elements with a twist mark this poignant and yet wickedly subversive production: the 'Dame' character is a male Tinkerbell speaking a hybrid 'Fairy Polari', the Principal Boy not - as is traditional - Peter Pan but Captain Hook (played as a bitter and twisted grotesque) and 'flight' simulated not be invisible stage wire trickery but stage-present professional counterweighters adding circus acrobatic theatrics dimension to the show.
The cast (all actors playing multiple parts) was simply superb, progressing the plot at such a swashbucklingly energetic pace that there was not a moment to be lost in reverie. Every second of the 2 hour 30 minute show (including interval) was savoured not just by the adults but the children in the audience too. Belly-laughs from the off, anarchic touches (Nana the dog nanny played by a well-muscled man in froufrou frills), vibrant visuals, a revolving stage and a live band playing an eclectic mix of original and popular songs, all made for a riotous and riproaringly splendid show.
Paul Hilton plays Peter Pan like Rik Mayall's Drop Dead Fred. Anna Francolini's Captain Hook channels Helena Bonham Carter's Bellatrix Lestrange but with a twisted menacing malevolence all of her own (and Sophie Thompson's) making. Madeleine Worrall's Wendy is their grounding 'neutral' foil who plays her part straight but with a wonderment and ingenue quality that makes her seem very much the adolescent girl teetering on the cusp of womanhood.
We loved the various nods to popular culture that typify panto: the Lost Boys' serenade 'Close to You' as Wendy and Peter danced awkwardly ; a duel between Peter and Captain Hook pays homage to the famous 'twist dance' scene from Pulp Fiction (with the same accompanying soundtrack); an Esther Williams inspired synchronised swimming routine by the mermaids mesmerises John Darling.
The show is as camp (who will ever forget Tinkerbell in his tutu with twinkling tiara) and OTT as every good panto should be (oh yes it is!), yet its dynamism and vitality adds a breath of fresh air to this best beloved tale of Peter Pan, the eternal adolescent. If you're looking to add 'Yo' to your Christmas 'ho ho', this is definitely the production for you and your family with children aged 7+.
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