The sound is diabolical and Richard Wilson should be ashamed to pick up his wages turning out such a dire pathetic performance,I sing better in the shower daily than him go back to telly Victor or Mr Thorpe coz as stage actor you stink.
The set is a cardboard nightmare and £35 for top price for this tripe is an utter rip off,questions should be raised in the commons! - USER: Whatsonstage.com (184.108.40.206)
08 Jan 03
A good night's entertainment, enjoyed by all at the Festival Hall, from young children to the elderly. Richard Wilson was amusing and entertaining. The use of the staging, and the costumes were brilliant. Anyone who criticizes this show, needs to get back to the spirit of the theatre and use their imagination and just enjoy the magic. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (220.127.116.11)
08 Jan 03
I have to say that I agree with many of the reviews written by users of the site. I saw the show on opening night and it was dire. The cast did well under the circumstances of the poor set/costumes and lack of spectacle in such a vast space as the Festival Hall. However I have since learnt that the show had only three weeks rehearsal, two days tech and no previews so I felt I needed to go again. Those who doubt the show should do the same. It is so much better. Funny, slick and charming. Richard Wilson and David Bamber are excellent. James Gillan is in good voice and Lottie Mayor wonderful as Wendy. The pirates and Lost Boys are exceelent support. The costumes and set are still sub standard and Susannah York is terrible as the Narrator with unlearnt lines and huge pauses meaning nothing!! Go, or indeed go again, you might be surprised! - USER: Whatsonstage.com (18.104.22.168)
07 Jan 03
Simply magic, the pure simplicity of this performance was so enjoyable, the music and singing was superb. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (22.214.171.124)
28 Dec 02
Dire - USER: Whatsonstage.com (126.96.36.199)
23 Dec 02
Utterly lamentable. Barrie's script is witlessly and pointlessly chopped about to make room for clumsy narration (which Susannah York hadn't bothered to learn) and third rate songs; "whatever you do, Never Land." What?
Inept design, lazy acting, amateur direction, giggling on stage, no flying (NO FLYING? What is the story ABOUT?), no indians, no crocodile, no mermaids, no lagoon, no point. Am I being cruel about a primary school production? No, it was at the Festival hall and I paid £35 for a ticket. Disgraceful. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (188.8.131.52)
23 Dec 02
This desrves no stars. It is one of the worst evenings I have ever spent in the theatre. Richard Wilson was off and I suspect he is not going back. However, even if he were there, he could not redeem this truly terrible piece of work. The list of complaints is enormous. The design concept is non-existent - cardboard cutouts are not a design concept. The design of the costumes is ludicrous. There is no flying. There is only one Indian - Tiger Lily thereby making the actress playinhg her look a complete idiot. There is no croodile. Susannah York has not bothered to learn her lines - an absolute disgrace. The music updates this masterpiece of the theatre to some non-descript pop domain. The acting was inept. Some of the actors appeared to be corpsing. The youngest of the Lost Boys is a lesson in how not to act on stage. Etc Etc. How anyone could have thought that this was acceptable to an audience is beyond me. What is really terrible is that it is probably selling well and that this will be the first taste of live theatre that many children will see. The production company should be ashamed of themselves and give the customers their money back. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (184.108.40.206)
23 Dec 02
A sensational Oscar nominated star that Susanah York performs so badly. Richard Wilson was truly terrible; he was just Victor Meldrew who is also just him. The costumes were a treat, it needed something to brighten up a stage of unhappy actor's. Since when had Peter not flew on stage?! - USER: Whatsonstage.com (220.127.116.11)
21 Dec 02
Waht a rubbish night of theatre, a complete waste of money.
The cast was ok but would have thought a better good looking Peter Pan would have been found rather than James Gilham, he is not pop idol material and his voice is middle range...my children where very disappointed at the show. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (18.104.22.168)
21 Dec 02
This is a mess of a show not one thing or another.
The score is fab and why just extend the great concert we had last year ?
That huge band taking up all the stage.
The 'storyteller' left long gaps of nothing.
One day this will make a great theatre show with a Peter who does fly !
Why sing of flying and Tiger Lily's gang when both fail to show !
I thought the cast were very good, some great voices led by the wounderful James Gillan as Peter, along with Lottie Mayor and Claire Moore. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (22.214.171.124)
20 Dec 02
I am in complete agreeement with the review and also the user comment below.... This was EXCRUCIATING! - USER: Whatsonstage.com (126.96.36.199)
20 Dec 02
I don't even want to give this terrible show any stars (the star system starts at 1 unfortunately!) It is truly the worst thing I have seen this year -or any year.
Its lazy, unenergised, poorly costumed, under-rehearsed and frankly a total waste of money. I am furious at having spent hard earned cash for a Christmas treat that turned out to be total rubbish.
Ian Talbot, what were you thinking!!?? - USER: Whatsonstage.com (188.8.131.52)
20 Dec 02
This could possibly be the worst thing I've seen all year - musical and play alike. I don't even know where to begin in describing just how atrocious this piece was.
The Music - Great orchestra and arrangments. Terrible score. One bland Euro-Pop ballad after another. They only antmospheric number was the opening when I was still boyant and had the will to live...
The Set - Black and white cut out/print reproductions. No colour, no life.
The Costumes - Lawrence Llewlyn Bowen was respondsible for these. Again, black and white. Not a drop of colour. Totally bland.
The Lighting - Tinker Bell was a green light which sometimes came on sometimes didn't, there seemed to be technical problems - which included Tinkerbell being in two places at once on numerous occasions. The follow spots didn't actually manage to follow anyone!! Performers were constantly walking in and out of there light. Peter sang a belting final note to one song up a rope ladder in complete darkness!! And Mrs Darling had to sing almost a verse of her final song in pitch black.
The Cast - they looked under-rehearsed and under-directed. David Bamber was wasted. James Gilan was fine, but lacked any kind of sparkle behind the eyes that is needed.He seemed out of his depth carrying a show. Richard Wilson seemed as if he couldn't be bothered, was inaudible for much of the time when he did manage to remember his words AND at one point sang two verses of a song at least 4 bars ahead of the orchestra, while the conductor frantically waved his arms about.
Only poor Lottie Mayor made it look like she was in a show. She really gave a great performance considering what she had to work with. Her singing was sweet and she has a charming nature on stage.
The Sound - whoever was overseeing this should be shot. I was sat eight rows from the front and at times I couldn't hear what people were saying even if I strained to listen. The orchestra over powered the singers on several occassions. Only Lottie and Claire Moore seemed to be able to be heard at all times. The Lost Boys were not bad, with the exception of the boy who played Curly who was complete inaudible and might as well have been speaking Chinese.
If I had taken my little 4 year old to see this as an introduction to the magic of theatre and a world of imagination I would have demanded my money back. It is as if the creative team respondsible have NO IDEA what a child would wish to see. In comparison the over-long National Peter Pan seems like a masterpiece.
The cost of tickets for a Christmas treat theatre trip for a family is at least £100. I would have been fuming if I had paid that for what I saw last night.
I am so strident because I was sat on a row with lots of children who were filled with excitement and anticipation for a great treat.
This production will not breed a new generation of theatre goers... - USER: Whatsonstage.com (184.108.40.206)
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