Dukes Theatre, Lancaster
Ziad Jabero & Claire Tustin
CJ Griffiths, Joel Fildes
Christmas at the Dukes
By J.M. Barrie | Adapted and Directed by Sarah Punshon
Do you believe in fairies?
This Christmas at The Dukes, Tinker Bell and her fairy companions have got a magical story to tell you, packed full of fairy dust, flight and songs you’ll love to sing along to.
Wendy Darling thinks she’s too old for stories, but that’s about to change. On Christmas Eve, Peter Pan and Tink appear to take her on the adventure of a lifetime. Flown away to a wondrous island, Wendy meets Peter’s friends, the mischievous Lost Boys, and must face the terrifying Captain Hook. Can she help Peter and his friends escape Hook’s clutches, and make it home in time for Christmas Day?
Gasp as Peter and Tink mount their daring rescue aboard the Jolly Roger! Boo as the fearsome Captain Hook plots dastardly deeds! And laugh as the hapless Mr Smee tries to keep up!
Second star to the right and straight on till morning, get ready to be transported to Neverland
“But that thing Peter Brook talks about, the moment when water turns into steam, the moment of theatrical magic, is best achieved as simply as possible. And so it is here. The flying works nicely, and we actually see Hook swallowed by the crocodile. What could be more satisfactory than that?
The design by Katie Scott effortlessly transforms before your very eyes, from bedroom to Neverland to pirate ship and back again, and the frocks are a quick change miracle.”
“You’re certainly unlikely to find a smaller cast than the frantic five here, performing aerial stunts, bouncing around on trampolines, or generally containing so much physical theatre inside a space smaller than some rehearsal rooms. The raised stage becomes a box of tricks and for its inner workings the uncredited stagehands deserve their own round of applause. It’s not too much of a plot spoiler to say that the crocodile’s supper goes down a treat…”
“A clever and deceptively simple set design, equally imaginative use of costumes, and slick sound and lighting trickery rounded off this hilarious and wholesome family show, which is not only relatively inexpensive but also charitable. “