I don’t know who was more excited to see Peter Pan, this year’s pantomime at the Hall for Cornwall, my husband and I, or our two boys aged 7 and 9. As we walked up a dark, rainy Boscawen Street to the entrance, all the Christmas lights overhead made us feel even more festive.
Peter Pan did not disappoint and it had everything you’d expect from a retelling of this classic story. Captain Hook made an excellent baddie and his first mate Smee had brilliant comedic timing. I liked that Wendy was fierce and determined in this version and that Peter Pan had some flaws too. The show also included Tinkerbell, John, Michael Nana, the Lost Boys and a crocodile as well as some very memorable mermaids.
Peter Pan was full of songs, dance routines, jokes and of course there were plenty of classic panto gags and a smattering of audience participation too. There were so many moments where my family and I were all laughing out loud – especially during the hilarious take on the 12 days of Christmas song (watch out if you sit in the front rows during that one!)
The set design was incredible and the amazing arial displays from some of the actors had my kids gasping out loud. The music was really atmospheric throughout and we were really impressed by all of the actor’s amazing skills. I thought the child actors who were part of the cast were especially brilliant.
This version of Peter Pan was written and directed by Steve Marmion and as J.M. Barrie who wrote the book donated the copyright to Great Ormand Street Hospital, it’s nice to know that by going to see this show, you’re helping a good cause too.
The Hall for Cornwall was renovated in 2021 and is such an amazing space to see shows in. There are over 1000 seats across the three tiers in the Playhouse. If you enter from Boscawen Street you can find the Playhouse Bar and toilet facilities, and if you enter from the other side from Back Quay there is a lovely cafe serving hot drinks and cakes and snacks. We bought tubs of Callestick ice cream to eat from a stand inside the theatre during the interval.
I had a look through the programme before we sat down and the Hall for Cornwall have some great shows and activities coming up in 2024. You can take a look here for more information about what’s coming up.
Peter Pan is on from 4th-31st December and you can buy tickets from the Hall for Cornwall Box office here. The running time is two hours including an interval. I highly recommend going to see it this winter if you’re looking for a fun, family time full of laughter and joy. We all had such a brilliant evening and my boys have been singing the songs from it ever since.
Our tickets were complimentary but all views and opinions are my own.
A mum of two, Naomi Jones is a freelance editor and author. You can find out more about her on her website: www.naomiandjamesjones.com