Last week, we were very kindly invited to the press night of Worthing’s brilliant pantomime, Peter Pan, at the Pavilion Theatre. We were incredibly fortunate with our seats, which were right in the centre and three rows back, so we had the perfect view of all the entertainment. And what a lot of entertainment there was!
As a 20-something who grew up with CBBC on the television most days, I must admit I was rather excited to see Richard McCourt (of Dick and Dom fame) starring as Smee, the very silly but kindhearted pirate, but it was Patrick Monahan as Captain Hook who really stole the show for me. With his excellent comic timing and stage presence, I was actually hoping he would defeat Peter Pan at times, if only to keep him in the show for longer.
Peter Pan has all the ingredients of a classic panto and is very interactive, with plenty of audience participation thrown in for good measure. There is something for all the family to enjoy and, for me, it signals the beginning of Christmas.
After the show had finished, we were treated to a buffet in the Denton and were able to meet the fantastic cast of Peter Pan. Jasmine had her programme signed by both Richard McCourt and Patrick Monahan, who were happy to pose for photos as well.
My children may not have known who he was, but I was a little starstruck 😂
Both were charming and Patrick, in particular, made time to stop and chat, asking how we were and checking that Jasmine was ok (she was feeling poorly that evening). Small gestures but ones that mean a lot as a parent.
We had a brilliant evening and would like to thank Worthing Theatres for having us, and the cast for a great performance.
Peter Pan is running until January 8th with ticket prices starting at £12.50