A pantomime never fails to make me smile and get me into the festive spirit, and Peter Pan at Birmingham Hippodrome did exactly that. Last night we were kindly invited to attend the press launch of this year’s offering featuring an all star cast.
Upon arrival Mini was desperate to have her face painted and chose a stunning Unicorn design. We were also treated to test out some highlights of the Hippodrome’s festive menu. I opted for the Christmas Dinner in a bowl, which was absolutely delicious.
We took our seats and eagerly awaited the start of the show, which opened to an energetic performance of “This is Smee,” first of many nods to The Greatest Showman throughout the show.
Peter Pan from start to finish was visually spectacular.There were all the elements of a traditional pantomime performance but on an out of this world scale. Oh yes there were! A larger than life animatronic crocodile and a flying motorbike are just the highlights amongst the magic of costume and set design showcased throughout the performance.
The performance moves away from the traditional story of Peter Pan with new twists and also introduces new characters such as the endearing and forgetful Magical Mermaid (Meera Syal. The audience are also treated to spell-binding stunt performances from The Timbuktu Tumblers as the Neverlanders, and Sascha Williams and Stephanie Nock at The Drunken Pirates.
Matt Slack’s performance as Mr Smee, was side-splittingly hilarious. He was fantastic at engaging with the younger members of the audience, whilst also ensuring plenty of grown up humour for the adults to enjoy too. I honestly don’t think I’ve laughed so much in a long time.
Jaymi Hensley (Union J) in the lead role of Peter Pan, was cheeky, if a little cheesy at times. However, his vocals throughout were fantastic, showing off his pop star talents. Jimmy Osmond as Captain Hook made a great pantomime villain, with lots of splashes of humour thrown in, including a wardrobe malfunction with his moustache on set.
It was great to see that the cast were also having a blast performing, which was evident at a few moments when they struggled to keep straight faces.
Peter Pan was the perfect example of feel good family fun. The evening was rounded off with the audience being invited to stand to join in with a medley of Osmond songs. Leaving the show there was a buzz of energy and lots of smiling faces to be seen. The show was spell-binding and spectacular and is a definite must see this Christmas period.
Tickets for Peter Pan, which runs until Sunday 27th January 2019 can be bought from the main Hippodrome website here.
Emily Brown and The Thing is also showing at Birmingham Hippodrome this festive season, a perfect show for younger audiences.
Have a read of my round up post for more ideas for festive family shows near Birmingham for 2018.
All cast and production photographs were provided by and are owned by Birmingham Hippodrome.
Disclaimer: We were provided complimentary tickets to attend Peter Pan. All views and opinions are entirely my own.