Reviewed: Peter Pan from Theatre by QE2

A traditional British panto that’s fun for the whole family

Reviewed: Peter Pan from Theatre by QE2

There’s nothing quite like a traditional British panto to get you in the mood for Christmas – oh no there isn’t – and this colourful, fun performance is full of festive cheer.

Flying onto the QE2 is the age-old story that little ones love – the boy who never wants to grow up, his friendship with sensible Wendy and his ongoing battle with evil one-handed pirate, Captain Hook.

Brought to life by a talented bunch of actors, the show brings out all the festive feels.

The Darling family, complete with enormous Saint Bernard, Nana, kick start the show with a song introducing themselves. There’s Mr and Mrs Darling (who are on their way out to dinner), plus the Darling children Wendy, Michael and John.

As soon as mum and dad are out of the picture, and using very well-hidden wires, Peter Pan flies effortlessly around the stage – just as soon as Wendy has successfully managed to sew his shadow back on.

And then it’s off to Neverland where the use of clever video effects mean that the three Darling children are soon joining Peter as he soars above London.

What follows is a hilarious, interactive show that manages to keep even the youngest of audience members mesmerised and glued to their seats.

Interspersed with songs and quality comedy moments, plus plenty of audience participation, the performance is pure brilliance incorporating plenty of local references too.

The slick performances of all the talent, uplifting songs and interactive moments (the kids particularly loved bringing Tinkerbell back to life, chanting “we believe in fairies” after she drinks the poison intended for Peter Pan to save his life) including the adorable crew of Lost Boys (played perfectly by students from Dubai Performing Arts), keeps the audience gripped and spellbound.

With his excellently-delivered lins, Smee, Hook’s loyal companion, gets all the kids joining in with his silly jokes and asks little ones to shout out “ahoy there Smee” in response to his “ahoy there shipmates”, which evokes plenty of laughter.

Here’s what the little people had to say:

The ten-year-old
It was pretty cool when Peter Pan was flying above the stage – I really wanted to have a go. The panto was really funny, I particularly liked Smee and his two pirate friends as they told some really funny jokes and were really silly.

The six-year-old
I loved all of the songs, and enjoyed being able to join in with shouting at Smee to tell him there was a ghost behind him. It was also fun when Tinkerbell came alive again when we all said that we believed in fairies.

The four-year-old
The Lost Boys were so brilliant. They chanted funny songs and made fun of Captain Hook. It was a bit scary when Captain Hook walked past my seat, but he just turned out to be silly and not scary.

Planning on taking the tribe to see Peter Pan (the answer to that should definitely be yes)? Then let the little ones get dressed up for the occasion because the best Peter Pans, Tinkerbells and Captain Hooks will be awarded after each show with two free tickets to see upcoming Theatre by QE2 production, The Little Mermaid.

Expect faith, trust, pixie dust and loads of laughs.
Dhs120 (kids below 12), Dhs150 (adults). Fri Dec 13-Fri Dec 24 11am and 3pm. QE2, Port Rashid, Dubai, www.theatrebyqe2.com.

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