Sunday 9 December 2018

Peter Pan Pantomime At Whitley Bay Playhouse Review

Last weekend we were invited to Whitley Bay Playhouse to see this year's pantomime, Peter Pan. Produced once again by Blue Genie Entertainment and starting Anthony Costa from Blue as Captain Hook and Playhouse legend Steve Walls as Smee along with last years favourite Ben Hanson (Bouncer in Tracey Beaker) as Starkey and lots of returning Playhouse panto cast members. We could not wait to see the show as we have really enjoyed previous years and it is the perfect panto for the whole family to enjoy.

The show kicked off in London Town with lots of singing and dancing we settled down to enjoy the show. We were transported to the Darling children's nursery and soon met Peter Pan (played by Sam Ebenezer, who played Aladdin at the Playhouse a couple of years ago). The stage settings and visuals were amazing with Peter, Wendy and her brothers flying through the air to Neverland which was lovely to watch. 

The Lost Boys were brilliant with lots of jokes, rapping and plenty of attitude they really were a great addition to the cast. Anthony Costa played a fantastic Captain Hook, playing up to the boos he made a surprisingly good panto villain and delivered a faultless performance. I was pleased to see Ben Hanson return again this year as Starkey, he makes a great comedy sidekick and brings so much laughter to the show with his burger-loving antics, jokes and silly banter. 

Of course, a Whitley Bay Panto would not be the same without Playhouse legend Steve Walls who has the audience laughing along to his local jokes and cheering when his famous bench comes out (if you know, you know). I hate to say it as I am such a huge fan of the pantomimes at the Playhouse but the first half was lacking grown-up laughs, although the younger members of the audience were kept entertained.  

The second half was full of dancing, a great adaptation of rewrite the stars from the Greatest Showman and of course Ghostbusters! I love the way that the Ghostbusters scene was played out this year and the audience went wild with so many cheers and shouts of 'it's behind you'. My 4-year-old son was shouting at the top of his voice and clapping along as he loves the Ghostbusters part so very much. 

Baby Shark and a Blue medley soon followed and the audience took the words 'all rise' literally and were up on their feet singing and dancing along to hits such as One Love and All Rise (yes I knew all words as I was a big Blue fan back in the day).  

My children are four and five and they adored this pantomime they laughed, they cheered, they shouted and booed, they danced and they looked on in amazement. If you have children in this age range then I would definitely recommend a visit to see Peter Pan at Whitley Bay Playhouse as it is the perfect family pantomime for young families.

We bought the children flashing lights which were £6 and £2 for a flashing ring so it was reasonably priced inside too. There is also lots of parking close by and it is near the bus stops in the town centre and a ten-minute walk from the nearest Metro station (Whitley Bay). 

Peter Pan is running until Saturday 5th January 2019, tickets start at £17.45 pp and can be purchased from the Playhouse box office or website  

Disclosure We received complimentary tickets to the show in return for this review, however, all opinions are my own. 

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