PANTOMIME, done well, is a winner with audiences at any time of the year, and Peter Pan at the York Barbican celebrated with a packed house on Sunday afternoon.
In true panto style, both the script and acting were lively and fast paced, with plenty of audience participation from the outset to ensure even the youngest viewer’s attention never wandered far.
All-round favourite Dani Harmer, Tracy Beaker star and 2012 Strictly Come Dancing finalist, played a motherly Wendy, showing off her acting and vocal talents in equal measure.
Disney’s Art Attack presenter Lloyd Warbey played the title role with youthful charm and charisma while Andy Fleming, as Hook, delivered a decent dosage of boo-worthy darkness and comic menace. Credit must also go to the singing and dancing, endearing Lost Children.
However, veteran comedy star Bobby Davro stole the show as the very likeable, dopey Smee. Giggles were aplenty from young and old, thanks to the slapstick humour, quick wit and innuendo. There were also the obligatory flying scenes to appeal to young fans, and rousing rounds of "behind you" and "oh no he isn’t" for the panto die-hards.
Refreshingly, this Easter production, staged by Enchanted Entertainment, stayed true to JM Barrie, with the added bonus of live music, ranging from nursery rhymes to modern hits such as Katy Perry’s Roar, to ensure it was fresh and current
THE PRESS YORK
'As someone who has seen more than her fair share of pantos I am glad to say this was one of the best I have seen.
Great 'current' songs, fab stage sets, costumes and fiery special effects were even joined by a mini circus.'
THE DAILY ECHO BOURNEMOUTH
EASTER 2015 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST WORKSHOPS
We are delighted once again to offer your child (aged 6-16) a guaranteed place on stage in our touring production of Beauty & The Beast this Easter.
We are looking for boys and girls to play our 'Villagers' in the show and perform alongside the cast including...
Comedy legend Bobby Davro as 'Silly Billy' and Dani Harmer - Tracy Beaker as 'Beauty'
as well as Lee Latchford-Evans from STEPS as 'Prince'.
This will be our most fantastical show yet, with stunning dance routines, hilarious comedy and a wealth of special effects.
To book your child into this exciting show and secure a place performing on stage with the stars, please click on the images below and follow the on-screen instructions.