Review: Peter Pan at The Grand Opera House

Peter Pan has flown into The Grand Opera house for a record breaking panto season and as with every panto he brings with him a wealth of theatre magic in this dazzling production.

As always the star of the show isn’t the show itself, but the one and only May McFettridge as May Smee. We have to sing our way through a couple of songs before May appears on stage and when this legendary Dame arrives, the audience lights up and comes alive. There’s no one quite like May, even a 5 year old in the front row appreciates the banter and gets us all laughing with his hearty laugh.

The special effects in Peter Pan are fantastic, you’ll be wowed by the ‘Clockodile’ and you’ll be jumping and squealing at the 3D underwater experience (really impressive!). And watch out for the 12 days of Christmas sketch if you’re in the front rows, you might get wet! The sketch can often descend into mayhem and chaos and it always encourages the biggest laughs.

The set itself is huge, and with endless changes in scenery and props it must be busy back there getting everything in place at the right time. I’m definitely curious to see how it all fits in backstage when I’ll be on instastories live behind the scenes on Thursday night. Follow Belfast Times on instagram for all the biz!

The cast includes Olivier award winner David Bedella as a menacing Captain Hook, Claire King as Mimi the Magical Mermaid, Paul Burling as Starkey, Paddy Jenkins as Smee and let’s not forget about Peter Pan himself, Mikey Jay-Heath. Natalie Winsor is Tiger Lily, Hollie O’Donoghue is Tinker Bell, the roller skating fairy, and Kweeva Garvey is Wendy.

Peter Pan is a high flying 3D pantomime adventure packed full of fun, laughs and classic panto high jinx. If you’re one of the 70,000+ who are going to see this annual panto tradition at the Opera House you won’t be disappointed. Roll on Jack and the beanstalk next year!


Peter Pan runs until 14 Jan 2018

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