Forget the arrival of the Coca-Cola truck or John Lewis advert to your TV, you know it is nearly Christmas when you are making the trip to the Wyvern Theatre to watch the Panto!

Excitement was growing throughout the theatre at the thought of watching Peter Pan, an all-time classic brought to life by producer Daryl Back and directed by Luke Sheppard in association with HQ Theatres which sees Adam Woodyatt return to town for the second time in three years to play the evil villainous Captain Hook.

As the well-known JM Barrie story goes, Peter Pan played by Ryan Anderson, struggles with growing up. Regularly paying visits to the Darling home he persuades Wendy and her two brothers to accompany him and his fairy, Tinker Bell, on a magical journey to Neverland.

The show is filled with plenty of slapstick comedy and silliness, mixed in with some subtle adult humour which is ideal for the grown-ups and in true panto tradition plenty of opportunity for the audience to bellow “He’s behind you” and the obligatory “Oh, no your not” and, of course, singling out the man in the front row.

The whole performance was outstanding. From Lucy Pollard as the fabulous Wendy, to Danielle Black superbly playing both Eliza and Tiger Lily.

A vengeful Captain Hook turns up with his motley crew of pirates, and desperately wants to get his revenge on Peter Pan and it was this one of his two roles the Albert Square star clearly enjoyed as did the the crowd who took great pleasure in booing his every stage entrance as the panto baddie.

Credit: Pete Dewhirst
Credit: Pete Dewhirst

The show-stealing performance, bringing another level of energy and personality to the production, connecting with the audience throughout in a way that had the sell-out crowd of all ages believe they were on this adventure together was Antony Lawrence as Smee.

Other notable performances include Abigail Matthews playing every little girl in the audience’s favourite Tinkerbell and with the big laughs coming from the older members of the cast, the local young performers should not to be overlooked, both the group of Lost Boys and the Juvenile Chorus Dancers looked at home on the big stage making the most of their chances to shine in front of a sell-out audience.

Credit: Pete Dewhirst
Credit: Pete Dewhirst

Yet again the team at the Wyvern have come up with an amazing production that will delight thousands of Swindonian’s this Christmas. A must watch, if you can get tickets that is!

With next year’s panto already being announced as Aladdin could we see the return on ‘Ian Beale’ to the Wyvern stage to pick up where he left off as the main character at the  Swansea Grand back in 1994?

Peter Pan runs until December 31st, Tickets start at £19. To book, call 01793 524481 or visit swindontheatres.co.uk – Please note some performances are already sold out.

 

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