Peter Pan family reviewBy Jake Guastella
We invited every member of a family (and a family friend!) to review our panto Peter Pan. Here's what they made of the show:
Alice Green, age 14
I look forward to Richmond Theatre's panto every year. Peter Pan is one of my favourite childhood stories so it was magical seeing it come to life. Peter Pan had really good stage presence and flew around the set effortlessly. I thought the Lost Boys were particularly amusing and I couldn't keep a smile off my face as they entertained us with so much energy and enthusiasm. Overall, the acting, singing and dancing from the cast were as good as those performing in the West End. It was a really fun night out with my family.
Sheila Green, age 40ish
I have been taking my children to panto since they were four years old and I am so pleased that they are still thoroughly entertained every time as teenagers. Henry Winkler as Captain Hook lived up to all my expectations and he was supported by a great cast who sang their hearts out. The two mermaids had great voices and the cabin boy made me cry with laughter. I thought the mix of classic and current songs was very clever as we all got a chance to sing along. As the children get older it is harder to find things to keep the whole family entertained but panto at Richmond is one we will continue to go to for many years to come.
Lucy Farmer, Age 14
Alice's dad couldn't make the pantomime because he had to work. I had never been to a professional panto before so she invited me along! I thought Smee was very funny especially when he kept going on about not wanting to be a scary pirate which really annoyed Captain Hook. I also liked the audience participation and the bit when the children came up on stage. The Indians were great dancers and singers and we sang along to One Direction and Katy Perry all the way home in the car. Alice said that this was one of the best pantos she has seen so I am really fortunate to have started my panto experience on such a high. Thank you Alice and family for taking me and thank you Richmond Theatre for a great evening.
Olivia Green, age 12
Christmas in our house always starts with a visit to Richmond Theatre's pantomime. Peter Pan was really entertaining, it is not like the traditional pantos with the grand wedding at the end and it doesn't have a dame. What this panto does have is fun and laughter, great singing and dancing and a really cool baddy in Captain Hook. Finding Neverland is one of my favourite films so it was extra special to see Peter Pan in the same theatre that the movie was filmed in!
Peter Pan runs at Richmond Theatre until Sun 12 January.