Thankfully it was, Peter Pan is one of the more perfect heartwarming and thrilling pantos that you could want, perhaps the strongest because of just having a tremendously impressive story to work with. It's true that this is a little less traditional at times, we don't have for instance the typical Dame to deal with. However, with its grand baddie and comic moments, it still feels very panto at all times.
The required baddie, here in the guise of the classic Captain Hook, is played by Darren Day. Going all cockney for the role, he is suitably nasty but keeping it light enough not to be too scary for any real young kiddies about. Although they might clutch their teddy bears a little closer when home.
Britain's Got Talent winners Flawless, bring something a little different to a panto, and while they of course only have one trick, it's an exceptional one, as they bring some incredible dance moves to the stage as The Neverlanders.
Any qualms though are minor as Peter Pan is an exceptionally good pantomime, full of great performances, and comedy from The Grumblesweeds that is outstanding. Not just worth it for the ship in the bottle joke, but for a hugely fulfilling family classic panto!
Fabulous family pantomime with something for all ages and an incredible star turn from The Grumbleweeds.
Performance reviewed: Friday 14th December 2018 at the Royal & Derngate (Derngate), Northampton.
Peter Pan runs at the Royal & Derngate until Sunday 30th December 2018.
Photos: Graeme Braidwood