Last weekend we went for our annual pantomime performance and this year it was to The Anvil in Basingstoke to see Peter Pan. The children love seeing a pantomime, they get so immersed in the show and they are always great for adults too – with the more adult jokes but also seeing the children so happy too. So we couldn’t wait for Peter Pan.
Peter Pan is such a familiar story to LP and Little Man but one that will always be so magical for them and The Anvil’s production was no different. Featuring Andrew Agnew from Balamory as Smee, Gary Turner from Emmerdale as Captain Hook and a female lead, Jessica Punch as Peter Pan, the show had us completely engaged from the very start.
Although the Peter Pan story is familiar, the pantomime feel of it is something that you won’t have seen before. With so many jokes, so much audience participation and with incredible songs it is a show that the whole family could really enjoy.
The show moved from scene to scene seamlessly and the characters were all so likeable – even the baddies! The children loved boo-ing Captain Hook and they were in awe of Peter Pan, despite Little Man’s initial ‘it’s a girl!’ exclamation. Soon, Peter Pan really was Peter Pan especially when he, Wendy, John and Michael were flying through the sky above London – heading for the second star to the right, and straight on until morning.
The cast featured quite a few local children from different acting and dance schools, all of which were fantastic at playing their parts and they completely captivated LP and Little Man – seeing children only slightly older than themselves on a great big stage was so inspiring for them.
Peter Pan was fantastic. The music and songs filled the theatre, the cast were all so great at their roles and moved seamlessly between the different parts each character played – Captain Hook and Mr Darling, Mrs Darling and Persil the Mermaid etc. The costumes were perfect and the parts where they got the audience involved were funny and entertaining – even when they were squirting water at us!
The Anvil are hosting Peter Pan all the way until 7th January and it’s a show that I know any family would enjoy. If you’re looking for somewhere to take the children – or grandchildren – before or after Christmas then Peter Pan would definitely be worth considering. You can find out the full list of dates and times on their website.
Disclosure: We were invited to the above show for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.