Peter Pan Pantomime at Birmingham Hippodrome

Peter Pan

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.

Peter Pan

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.

Peter Pan

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.

Peter Pan

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.

Peter Pan

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.



  1. December 21, 2018 / 1:35 pm

    Matt Slack is fantastic. We went to Jack and The Beanstalk and another and both were brilliant. Birmingham always gets a good star cast and the range of jokes make sure young and old are entertained! We’re an hour from Birmingham but plan on going next year as Poppy will be almost 4 so old enough to enjoy it!

    • mommamack15
      December 21, 2018 / 7:38 pm

      I’ve not seen him in anything before, but he was absolutely fantastic.

  2. December 23, 2018 / 12:51 am

    I had hoped to take mine to a pantomime over Christmas. It seems I may have looked into it too late though. Peter Pan sound great we’d have loved that one.

    • mommamack15
      December 24, 2018 / 12:47 pm

      The show is on until the end of January so hopefully you’ve still got time to go.

  3. December 23, 2018 / 7:18 am

    It looks wonderful, we’re off to the Hippodrome today to see something else but I will be on the lookout for tickets for this as my little girl would love it!

    • mommamack15
      December 24, 2018 / 12:48 pm

      Did you see Emily Brown and The Thing? We were there yesterday too, hope she enjoyed the show.

    • mommamack15
      December 24, 2018 / 12:48 pm

      It was great that there were a few changes to the traditional story too.

  4. December 23, 2018 / 3:39 pm

    We also went to see Peter Pan for Christmas here in Edinburgh, though it was a play rather than a pantomime. It featured sword fighting, and flying, and magic fairy dust (giant gold confetti) raining down from the ceiling. Absolutely magical.

    • mommamack15
      December 24, 2018 / 12:49 pm

      Wow that sounds amazing, it’s lovely how each production makes the story its own.

  5. December 24, 2018 / 2:00 pm

    I love the theatre I absolutely loved going to pantomimes as a child and now as an adult take any opportunity to watch shows in the theatre! My next one is hopefully Alladin!

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