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Peter Pan Goes Wrong UK Tour - Review

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Hilarious farce is laugh a minute
With impeccable comic timing, faux trips and slips and overacting with intent, Mischief Theatre Company has created a hilarious recreation of the worst amateur dramatics show in the country.

Peter Pan Goes Wrong UK Tour theatre review Birmingham Rep
Hilarious farce Peter Pan Goes Wrong

Peter Pan Goes Wrong features a motley crew of amateur thespians putting on a panto - or "traditional Christmas vignette" as the pretentious director, doubling up as Captain Hook, likes to call it.

The show is currently touring the UK and stopping off at Birmingham Rep from January 27 to February 1 before being performed in other cities including Bath, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Newcastle.

You can see which way it's heading as the elderly, bearded assistant director announces to the audience that due to illness, he will be playing the child part of Michael, and one of the leading actors who forgets his lines will be assisted with an electronic ear piece - hence many jokes when the transmitter picks up radio stations and police radios in the area.

Peter Pan Goes Wrong UK theatre tour review Birmingham Rep
Chaos ensues in Peter Pan Goes Wrong

Soon after, coffee gets spilled on the mixing desk sparking a series of impromtu sound effects and damning recordings of conversations between the cast off stage.

It's a laugh a minute, or more, and by the end of the performance, the stage, cast and storyline is spinning out of control at a breathless rate as the director goes into meltdown.

This riotous affair is from a theatrical company that was formed in 2008 by a group of graduates and students of The London Academy of Music & Art, which could explain it's vibrant, silly sense of fun.

Peter Pan goes Wrong UK Tour theatre review Birmingham Rep Mischief Theatre
Pirates and crocodiles make for a fun script

There's something to be said for the craft of purposefully bad acting and the whole cast is deft at making it look easy. It's a right royal farce with all the key elements of slapstick, personality and ridiculousness. Plus there are jokes that are cleverly weaved through the whole show.

Special mention should go to Naomi Sheldon, who plays a multitude of roles and is constantly whipping off outfits in frantic costume changes. She's a real delight and has something of the Olivia Colman traits about her.

Peter Pan Goes Wrong UK Tour theatre review
Naomi Sheldon as Tinkerbell in Peter Pan Goes Wrong

However, for those who have seen The Play That Goes Wrong, it's not quite as slick as an affair as that.

What it will leave you with is a smile on your face and the wish that all pantos could be like this.

Rating: 7/10

Peter Pan Goes Wrong

Tickets cost from £18.50. For more information and tickets visit the London Theatre website.

The show is approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes including an interval.


Tue 27 Jan - Sun 1 Feb
BIRMINGHAM Repertory Theatre

Tue 3 - Sun 8 Feb
DARLINGTON Civic Theatre

Tue 10 - Sat 14 Feb
BROMLEY Churchill Theatre

Mon 16 - Sat 21 Feb
BATH Theatre Royal

Mon 23 - Sat 28 Feb
NORTHAMPTON Royal & Derngate

Mon 16 - Sat 21 Mar
PLYMOUTH Theatre Royal

Tue 24 - Sun 29 Mar
EASTBOURNE Devonshire Park

Tue 31 Mar - Sat 4 Apr
KINGSTON Rose Theatre

Tue 7 Apr - Sun 12 Apr
CAMBRIDGE Arts Theatre

Tue 14 - Sat 18 Apr
GLASGOW Theatre Royal

Mon 20 - Sat 25 Apr
BRIGHTON Theatre Royal

Tue 28 Apr - Sat 2 May
CARDIFF New Theatre

Mon 4 - Sat 9 May
EDINBURGH King's Theatre

Mon 11 - Sat 16 May
NORWICH Theatre Royal

Mon 18 - Sat 23 May
WINDSOR Theatre Royal

Mon 25 - Sat 30 May

Mon 1 - Sat 6 Jun
DARTFORD Orchard Theatre

Mon 8 - Sat 13 Jun
SWINDON Wyvern Theatre

Thu 18 - Sun 21 Jun
LEEDS Grand Theatre

Wed 1 - Sat 4 Jul
NEWCASTLE Theatre Royal

Mon 6 - Sat 11 Jul
NOTTINGHAM Theatre Royal
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Why? Hilarious farce
When: touring until July
Phone: Various theatres
Where: UK Tour - Birmingham, Glasgow, Cambridge, Bath, Newcastle
Cost: From £18.50
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This sounds wonderfully entertaining.
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