Peter Pan wows crowds in Richmond

This Is Local London: Peter Pan in Richmond (photo Peter Schiazza) Peter Pan in Richmond (photo Peter Schiazza)

Henry Winkler was cool in the 60s, and he remains cool to this very day, attracting audiences young and old to Richmond Theatre to see him play Hook in the Peter Pan pantomime.

The former Fonzie fell into the nefarious character with ease and had charismatic stage presence throughout.

An effortless performance from the 68-year-old, , who is earning a reported £150,000 for his stint in the production, and the occasional Happy Days reference peppered into the performance meant the adults in the crowd were entertained.

Family fun was ensured with humour coming from characters such as Young Albert – a geriatric crew member who could not quite keep up with his younger shipmates, and Roger – the jolly camp pirate insistent on jazz hands and singing, much to the dismay of Hook, who kept a stiff upper lip.

Producers were not afraid to draw humour from extreme stereotypes, which were heavily relied on and carried out successfully.

Wendy and Peter gave consistent performances and wowed the crowd when they flew across the stage.

The dwarf fairy was a comical addition.

A particular highlight was when Mr Smee read out birthday announcements from a personalised Richmond and Twickenham Times, designed by us. 

Covers of Madness, Katy Perry, Bon Jovi and One Direction kept the show relevant and got the audience up on their feet.

Peter Pan may never grow up and this show took the crowd back to their audience back to their youth with two hours of fun, music and laughter.

Peter Pan; Richmond Theatre; until January 12; atgtickets.com.

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