Thursday, 11 June 2015

Review: Peter Pan (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre)

Hey readers!
It's time for my review of Peter Pan.
I had never actually been to the Regents Park Open Air Theatre, so this to me was quite an experience. It is by far one of the loveliest theatres in the West End. And with a lovely theatre comes a lovely show. Peter Pan was incredible! I had never seen the original Peter Pan by J.M Barrie, I had only ever seen pantomime versions so this was rather extraordinary for me. It is just such a unique and quirky play and it's something that people would have never seen in any other play. The adaption of the play incorporates the First World War and the Battle of the Somme whereby Wendy Darling is a nurse at the military hospital and her two brothers, John and Michael, are wounded soldiers. They also used props around the hospital to create Neverland, for example hospital beds are transformed into mossy banks, pyjama bottoms are transformed into fish and a pair of ladders transform into the snapping jaws Tick-Tock the crocodile. Directors Timothy Sheader and Liam Steel are absolute geniuses for coming up with all these ideas for props and the World War incorporation. The sets and costumes were just fantastic. They had a magnificent cast which include Hiran Abeysekera as Peter Pan, Kae Alexander as Wendy Darling, David Birrell as Captain James Hook, Patrick Osborne as John Darling, Thomas Dennis as Michael Darling, Rachel Donovan as Tinker Bell, Beverly Rudd as Mr. Smee, Eben Figueiredo, George Bukhari, Thomas Pickles, Richard James-Neale, Jacob James Beswick and Chris Lew Kum Hoi as The Lost Boys and Carl Prekopp, Okorie Chukwu, Owain Gwynn, Jonathan Holby, Arthur Kyeyune and Joe Swain as The Pirates. The fight scene towards the end was great and their timing was impeccable. I thought it was great that Peter would sometimes fly into the audience as it really made the audience feel part of the show. I also thought the way they did Tinker Bell was really great and funny. However there were some instances where I couldn't understand what Tinker Bell was saying so maybe they should just clarify that a little bit more. Overall this was a stunning show and I really hope when it finishes at the Regents Park Open Air Theatre it will transfer somewhere else so I can see it again.

The featured star of Peter Pan is, drum roll please… KAE ALEXANDER!

Kae portrayed this role faultlessly. I'm so glad I got to see her in this role because she is probably one of the best Wendy Darlings there has ever been in theatre. 

Now for my final verdict on Peter Pan. I give Peter Pan… 

Peter Pan closes in three days so I urge people to run and get tickets ASAP before it's too late.

Think it should have got a lower rating? If so comment below. 

Join me next time when I will be reviewing Bend It Like Beckham the Musical.

Thanks for reading.

-The Reviewer

*Please note this show has now closed.

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