10 December to 8 January 2017
Reviewed by Yvette Morgan
I visited the New Theatre in Cardiff with my daughter and 2 grandchildren to see this years Hofficial (this is not a spelling mistake as will become clear) panto; Peter Pan.
We had great seats, close enough so we could see perfectly but not close enough to get soaked by the water guns or chosen for participation, which was perfect for out shy little ones.
Based on the book by J M Barrie, Peter Pan has been entertaining audiences as a Christmas panto since 1904, when the first production opened in The Duke of York’s Theatre, London and was so popular it ran until April.
As always in the New Theatre the sound and lighting were just right, and from the first scene the cast were totally engaging, some of the Lost Boys were no more than toddlers but performed exquisitely.
The Hofficial lead man was David Hasslehoff, who is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as ‘The most watched TV star in the world’. He played the baddie Captain Hook brilliantly and it became evident when he first appeared on the stage you certainly wouldn’t want to ‘Hassle the Hoff’.
Hook’s side and would be love interest Mrs Smee, played by Cardiff comedian Mike Doyle, was hysterical and had the audience booming. When he said Mrs. we said ‘SMEE’, he played the perfect pantomime dame, and had the whole audience cringing for his victim in the front row.
The rest of the main cast including Matthew Chase as Peter, Stephanie Webber as Mimi the Mermaid, Natalie Windsor as Tiger Lily, Emma Prosser as Tink and Julie Cullen as Wendy Darling had a perfect rapport on stage, they glued together well, and their voices were effortless and blended well together.
The Lorri Guppy School of Dance were energetic and totally enjoyable to watch, the whole performance was fantastic, funny, and for the children a little bit scary, we really enjoyed and already recommended to friends.
Tickets cost from £14 to £35 (booking fees may apply).
Peter Pan is at the New Theatre in Cardiff until 8 January 2917. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 029 2087 8889.
New Theatre, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3LN | 029 2087 8889