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Peter Pan at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is a joyous festive treat




Pantomime season has returned to Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds in a joyous Christmas treat for all ages.

Peter Pan is this year’s primary coloured confection - a glorious jolt of energy which will leave you cheering, laughing and booing.

The script by the theatre’s regular panto scribe Chris Hannon is a perfectly pitched musical adventure which whizzes along with innovative gags and set pieces.

Anna Campkin, Oliver Mawdsley, Lauren Chinery, Chris Clarkson, Samuel Howe-Barrett and Jasmine Hackett. Picture: Tony Kelly
Anna Campkin, Oliver Mawdsley, Lauren Chinery, Chris Clarkson, Samuel Howe-Barrett and Jasmine Hackett. Picture: Tony Kelly

Standouts include a vaudevillian synchronised swimming number and a spring cleaning sequence - turbocharged with crowd-pleasing anarchy (a note of caution: You may get wet).

The fabulous and engaging cast features Theatre Royal panto returnees and newcomers, who each shine in their respective roles to deliver a feelgood show.

Local girl Lauren Chinery is a joyful and enthusiastic Peter Pan and audiences will delightfully hiss and boo at Alan Mehdizadeh and Joanne Sandi as Captain Hook and Mad Maud (look out for them in two other roles too).

Alan Mehdizadeh, Joanne Sandi and young chorus. Picture: Tony Kelly
Alan Mehdizadeh, Joanne Sandi and young chorus. Picture: Tony Kelly

Panto dame Chris Clarkson once again dons his vibrant frocks as the brilliantly bawdy and cheeky Tiger Lily.

An unsuspecting audience member may catch the eye of her amorous advances.

Chris reprises his stage partnership with Oliver Mawdsley as Smee and they make for a great comedy duo who will have you singing and gleefully screaming at the high jinks.

Samuel Howe-Barrett (Slightly), Anna Campkin (Tinkerbell) and Jasmine Hackett (Wendy) also give it their all in a sugar rush of fun.

Chris Clarkson as Tiger Lily and Anna Campkin as Tinkerbell. Picture: Tony Kelly
Chris Clarkson as Tiger Lily and Anna Campkin as Tinkerbell. Picture: Tony Kelly

Theatre Royal has been celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2019 and Peter Pan - offering something for the whole family and the ideal introduction to theatre for youngsters - is a fitting way to bring the milestone year to a close.

It is an apt choice as Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie visited the Bury St Edmunds theatre but the venue had never staged the story.

A must-see for the festive season, Peter Pan soars and delivers an early Christmas gift of pure heart-warming entertainment.

The show runs until Sunday, January 19.

For tickets, visit www.theatreroyal.org/shows/peter-pan/


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