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Pantomime review: Jolly ‘Roger’ good time at Kenneth More’s Peter Pan, Ilford

PUBLISHED: 14:00 24 December 2017

Big Chief Sitting Cow delivers some witty one liners. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

Big Chief Sitting Cow delivers some witty one liners. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

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I always look forward to a pantomime at Christmas.

Captain Hook. Picture: Ellie HoskinsCaptain Hook. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

The children are entertained while I can take a much-needed power nap amid the hustle and bustle of the festive season.

However this year I didn’t manage to get any shut-eye.

From the moment the curtains lifted on Peter Pan at the Kenneth More Theatre, I was hit with an onslaught of West End quality dance routines, daring stunts and a dame with energy levels so high, she clearly devoured Weetabix morning, noon and night.

The talented cast at Oakfield Road, Ilford, led by director Steven Day transported audiences all the way to Neverland, Indian villages and beyond, all from the comfort of their seats.

And to all the tall people reading this, the theatre had great leg room and the only reason for jiggling in the rows was along to the beat of the well-known songs rather than to avoid a deadly dose of pins and needles.

Charlie Jones plays the role of Peter Pan and possesses the fresh-faced enthusiasm needed for the role.

I was blown away by his singing range and he portrayed the boyish character with a rebel undertone to Christmas aplomb.

Lori Stansfeld plays Wendy in her debut professional performance and going by the quality and believability of her acting skills it won’t be the last time she shines in the spotlight.

If sequins and glitter are your thing (how could they not be) then you will love the glitzy costumes Tinkerbell wears.

The supporting characters are not usually the most memorable but Tami Stone performs the part with so much energy and zest - her vivacious attitude will not be forgotten.

In fact the whole cast performed their parts to a high standard and from the baritone Captain Hook (Simon Ward) to Big Chief Sitting Cow (Loraine Porter) and the brilliant dancers, all the strands came together to conjure a magical, family feel-good play.

I won’t talk about the flying or the fight scenes as I don’t want to spoil it but let’s just say you won’t be disappointed.

The show runs until January 13.

Call 020 8553 4466 or visit kmtheatre.co.uk.

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