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
THE WIZARD OF OZ - MUNCHKIN WORKSHOPS
We are delighted once again to offer your child (aged 6-16) a guaranteed place on stage in our Easter pantomime touring production of The Wizard of Oz (subject to workshop availability with limited spaces)
We are looking for boys and girls to play our 'Munchkins' in the show and perform alongside the all-star cast, including comedy legend BOBBY DAVRO as Scarecrow and DANI HARMER (CBBC's Tracy Beaker and Strictly Come Dancing) as Dorothy
Follow Kansas farm-girl Dorothy and her pet dog Toto on this magical adventure suitable for all ages. Watch in amazement as they are picked up by a tornado and carried off to the magical Land of Oz. With help from their new friends the Munchkins, they to travel to the Emerald City where the great Wizard of Oz lives.
On their way they meet a Scarecrow who needs a brain, a Tin Man who wants a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who desperately needs courage. Will the wonderful Wizard of Oz be able to help them before the Wicked Witch of the West captures them in her dungeon??……
Come and join in the fun Easter 2016 as Enchanted Entertainment present this amazing Easter pantomime version of L. Frank Baum’s much-loved fairy tale. Packed with great songs, brilliant dance routines and plenty of laughter for all the family
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.