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Peter Pan at The King's Theatre, Glasgow

Published by: Cameron Lowe on 17th Dec 2014 | View all blogs by Cameron Lowe

Review by Suzanne Lowe

50 years of Panto!  Quite an achievement.  Having in the past never been a huge fan of Pantomime I went along hoping to be suitably enterta
ined on this special panto year with a family favourite performance of Peter Pan.

Peter Pan 

I was accompanied by my young niece and nephew who, having recently moved from France to Scotland had never been in a theatre before let alone experienced the delights of panto.  From the off they were intrigued by the theatre itself and its noisy audience.  They were delighted to join in with the booing, clapping, cheering and singing from “the clout”.  Although trying to explain to two French children exactly what a “clout” was proved to be a challenge.

On stage the performers didn’t disappoint.  With a standout performance from Greg McHugh best known for his hit television series “GaryTank Commander” and as Howard in the highly successful Channel 4 comedy “Fresh Meat”.  Playing the character of Smee he was a huge hit with the audience from the moment he made his rather flamboyant, yet not unexpected, entrance.  The stage always seemed a little brighter when he made an appearanceand his ad-libbing was second to none.  Captain Hook, played by Alex Bourne, was a convincing “baddie” and, despite his successful theatrical career, Peter Pan marked Alex’s pantomime debut.  The first of many I am sure.  His side kick pirates also provided the usual injection of slap stick comedy.  The character of Peter Pan himself was played by Scott Fletcher; currently on our TV screens in River City playing Angus Lindsay and previously seen on Gary: Tank Commander and Taggart to name but a few.  Scott proved to be an audience favourite too with his delightful singing voice and graceful flying skills.   

Joining the Kings Pantomime for a third year, Des Clarke played the character of Starkey.  Being a comedian, TV and Radio presenter, Des has slipped into the world of panto with ease.     Delightful performances were also given by Joanne McGuiness as Wendy and Jenny Douglas as Tiger Lily.  Tiger Lily being a particular favourite of my ten year old nephew!  A semi finalist at the age of 18 on the BBC1 programme Over The Rainbow, Jenny’s impressive vocals filled the theatre.   Perhaps of all the females the character of Tinkerbell played by Francesca Papagno made the biggest impression.  Her portrayal as the mischievous fairy protecting Peter Pan was so convincing that at times the audience almost booed.  Francesca also impressed the audience with her powerful vocals.

The juveniles onstage were as always a delight with some rising stars amongst them.

As Pantomimes go this one was perhaps not as side splittingly funny as one would expect.  Nevertheless, the children in the audience (and adults) seemed to enjoy it.  Peter Pan has everything you would expect from a Pantomime.  Colourful sets, energetic dance routines and sing-along songs for the audience to enjoy.  The audience needed very little persuasion in rising to their feet and joining in with the singing and dancing.  So, was I suitably entertained?  I have to say “Oh, yes I was”.

Runs until 11 January 2015 (excl. Dec 25th & Jan 1st)
Matinee performances every day.
 http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/peter-pan-2/kings-theatre/

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