16 December to 11 January 2014
Reviewed by Emma Baker
Having never been to the Lowry Theatre before I was excited to be taking my unsuspecting daughter to see the production of Peter Pan Goes Wrong. The theatre was easy to find and as I drove there I parked in the outlet mall next door which is fairly empty so finding a parking space was easy. Having told my 10 year old daughter we were going shopping I found parking here to be a good cover too!
We took a short walk through the mall and then outside to the Lowry Theatre itself it was then it dawned on my daughter that we were up to more than just shopping. We went to pick up our tickets from the box office desk and was directed towards the Quays Theatre which was clearly signed posted and easy to find, as we walked up we passed numerous members of staff all of which were clean, well presented, well-mannered and helpful.
When we were given our tickets we got a programme, it was bright and colourful and full of information about the crew, cast and production, as well as up and coming shows.
We found our way to our seats which we were 2nd from the front (lucky us!) and as we waited they played music from Peter Pan which set us in the right mood for a magical evening in Neverland. The Quay Theatre is a smaller room than I thought but was spacious and clean and its red upholstery made it feel warm and cosy.
As we were waited we saw the odd member of crew pop in and out from behind the scenes as though they were putting the finishing touches to the set, and being clumsy and asking an unsuspecting member of the audience to help rip up the fake snow as if they hadn’t finished in time, it was only then that we realised that it was part of the show but was funny to watch.
From start to finish the show was full of laughter, witty sense of humour and what could go wrong did! It was a good adaptation of Peter Pan and the characters it portrayed well. There were around 8 main members of the cast most of them play numerous rolls all of which were played really well as well as some youngsters who played the parts of the lost boys, who sang and danced to lots of cheers. Lucy Grove did an outstanding performance as Tootles, and it was funny to watch Annie Twilloil play her numerous characters often 1 after another.
There was audience participation a plenty including ourselves doing the usual Panto… it’s behind you and booing of the baddies.
Overall a great well written show which kept us entertained from beginning to end, and a must see for the whole family.
‘One of the best shows I’ve ever seen’ as quoted by my overjoyed 10 year old daughter.
Well worth the money, and something I can see us talking about for a long time to come.
A big thumbs up!
Tickets cost from £18 to £28 (includes £2 booking fee).
Peter Pan Goes Wrong is at The Lowry in Manchester until 11 January 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0843 208 6000.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000