Out of the corner of my eye I see a streak of green; looking up, I see Peter Pan flying above us. ‘Girls, look!’ I nudge them, and they both gasp as he soars and swoops and somersaults across the theatre.
Enjoying the Christmas pantomime has become our yearly tradition, but we’ve never seen anything like this before; in addition to all the action on the stage, Peter uses his magic (alongside some cleverly hooked up cables… ) to ACTUALLY FLY!
We were lucky enough to be invited to the Gala Night of Peter Pan at the Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury. Arriving, we found ourselves in a magical Neverland, complete with Lost Boys forts and swashbuckling pirates.
When the lights dimmed, we found ourselves instantly transported to the Darling’s London townhouse, where Wendy, John and Michael were discussing the shadow left behind by their nighttime visitor, the boy who wouldn’t grow up.
With a little bit of magic and a lot of belief, the Darlings follow Peter Pan to Neverland, to face down his old foe, Captain Hook. The girls were transfixed throughout the entire production, whisked away to the mythical island thanks to the gorgeous set design, and their own vivid imaginations.
This is a classic tale that refuses to grow old (just like Peter), cleverly combined with with all those pantomime must-haves – brilliantly cheesy jokes, cheeky double entendre and familiar faces, including cabaret darling La Voix as Nurse, returning favourite Andy Collins as Smee.
If you’ve been to the Waterside Theatre pantomime before, you’ll know there’s also a certain favourite song and a rather watery ending the girls look forward to every year (I won’t spoil the surprise if you haven’t been before, but let’s just say you need to be ready to duck…).
Peter Pan at the Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury, is playing until New Year’s Eve; you can book your tickets on the website now.
• read about what we though of the Awful Auntie touring theatre production
We attended the Peter Pan gala night as guests of the Waterside Theatre