I’ve been very lucky to see some incredible theatre shows in my life, but no matter how many times I’ve tried, I’ve always missed Mischief Theatre when it’s come to town. Luckily this week, a clear date in my diary was in my favour as I headed to The Alexandra to watch one of the funniest shows I’ve seen in years, Peter Pan Goes Wrong.
AD // I was gifted a pair of tickets to see Peter Pan Goes Wrong in exchange for a review. All views and opinions are my own.
There’s much to be said about Mischief Theatre. Creator of the Olivier Award-winning The Play That Goes Wrong, it’s built a solid reputation for crafting some of the most comical productions to ever grace London’s prestigious West End theatres.
Peter Pan Goes Wrong is exactly what it says on the tin, as the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society (CPDS) is gearing up for its latest performance of J.M. Barrie’s beloved Peter Pan. However, as the title reveals, things don’t go quite to plan in this hilarious comedy that is as far from a pantomime that you could possibly believe.
Truth be told, I didn’t quite know what I was letting myself in for when I took my seat, but it wasn’t long before members of the CPDS were out in the aisle behind me asking if anyone had seen a hammer, lights were flickering, the stage was being cleared, a huge electrical cable was being passed from the front to the rear of the auditorium – and the real show hadn’t even kicked off yet!
Such is the joy of experiencing a Mischief is that you’re involved from the get-go. Audience participation is encouraged throughout, and you’d be a fool not to let your inhibitions go and join in with a hilariously chaotic but brilliant crafted show that just gets funnier with every moment.
From bits of the set falling off, electrical faults, stage fright, and the most hysterical scene with some bunk beds that left me bent over in my seat, tears streaming down my face from laughing, Peter Pan Goes Wrong is the perfect antidote to pick you up after a long day at work. Whatever dear childhood memories you have about watching Disney’s Peter Pan are about to be taken to the next level, and that’s not a bad thing at all.
To pick a highlight in this show would be too difficult, it’s spectacular in every element. The cast is so immensely talented in delivering roles that are not only physically demanding, but using every ounce of their talent to make sure you’re laughing from beginning to end.
A truly genius piece of theatre that will please audiences up and down the country and overseas for many years to come, I urge you to get and see this show, or any Mischief Theatre production, I promise you, you won’t regret it.