Peter Pan & Wendy at Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Monday, November 30, 2015

Friday night, Me, Andy and Gracie got to spend some much needed time alone to take Gracie to the theatre for the first time. We were lucky enough to be given tickets to attend Peter Pan & Wendy at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford. Adapted by Ella Hickson from the novel by JM Barrie, the show brings the story of Peter Pan & Wendy to life. 

The show starts with the four Darling children, introducing Tom, a younger sibling for Wendy, Michael and John who becomes sick and unfortunately dies. The grief really effects Wendy and sets up the journey to Neverland for her and her brothers. Wendy, played by Mariah Gale, is a much stronger character than how she is usually portrayed which is really refreshing and you really see her blossom as the story develops.

One of the best performances for me was the Crocodile, played by Arthur Kyeyune, he was brilliant. He was so perfectly creepy and intense and the way he moved along the stage was fascinating. I also enjoyed Mimi Ndiweni's performance as Tiger Lily, I love how she is portrayed as a real kick ass kinda girl! Gracie really liked Captain Hook (Darrell D'Silva) and Smee (Paul Kemp), their chemistry on stage was great and there were plenty of laugh out loud moments. I actually can't fault any of the actors, they all oozed confidence and bought fun to the stage.

The set was truly amazing. The changes were quick and smooth, the lost boys den that rises from the floor and the Jolly Roger that sails onto the stage were fantastic. Everything from the costumes to the lighting and sound effects were just perfect.  

The show is very family friendly. Gracie loved every moment and heartily laughed and giggled throughout the performance and we had a few jumpy moments too! I was so proud of how well behaved she was throughout the show. She was engrossed and so happy. I was actually amazed after the show finished a group of women behind us leaned over to say how they had seen how much she enjoyed the show and that she was so good. They couldn't believe it was her first time. Any parent will say, a compliment on your child's behaviour when you go out is always a proud moment. It was also my first time at the Royal Shakespeare theatre and I was so impressed that we will definitely be going back in the future.

Wendy & Peter Pan is running until 31st January 2016 at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford Upon Avon. More information can be found on the Royal Shakespeare Company website.

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