Yes, it’s that time of year again (oh yes it is) and the staple in our Christmas calendar that is a visit to the family-friendly pantomime at the King’s Theatre, where this year’s production is Peter Pan.
Michael Harrison has co-written this year’s show with panto veteran Allan Stewart, who also stars and excels in the role of Mrs Smee. You would be hard pushed to see a better dame on a Scottish stage, if not the whole of the UK.
Fresh from their debut Fringe show – Kiss Me Honey Honey! (winner of a Fringe First award) – Andy Gray and Grant Stott take on the roles of Mr Smee and the poodle-permed, crocodile-fearing Captain Hook respectively.
Set in a New Town ‘toon hoose’ on Charlotte Square, this production of the JM Barrie story is a vibrant, slick and visually entertaining show. The ensemble are particularly good this year, with a high level of dance demonstrated by the pirates and fairies. Throw in some current tunes and they’ve perfected the recipe for a very good pantomime.
But it’s the hilarious on-stage chemistry and impeccable comic timing between the trio of Mrs Smee, Mr Smee and Captain Hook that keeps the audience captivated from start to finish.
In certain scenes, where lines are fluffed and wrong stage exits taken, the ad-libbing proves popular with the crowd with no two performances at the King’s ever the same.
The flying sequences were well executed, the incredibly large crocodile scared and amazed children at the same time and there was enough audience participation to keep people involved in the story.
For a brief moment, the audience wondered why Gray hadn’t stated his usual: “I’m no very well”. After some persuasion, he did say his famous words and the classic King’s Theatre pantomime was complete.
People of all ages danced out of the theatre after this charming and must-see spectacular. Make sure you hook yourself a seat!
Peter Pan runs at the King’s Theatre until 19th January 2014. Times vary – more details are on the Ed Theatres website.