Review: Peter Pan in Scarlet
"Intriguing, deliciously original, and full of shockingly delicious twists and turns"
Let's cut to the chase...the newly refurbished Oxford Playhouse looks...stunning.
And once you've drank that in and glanced at your programme, it is, as The Muppets sing: "time to play the music, it's time to light the lights."
And in the case of Peter Pan in Scarlet sit back, enjoy a deep breath and experience, in no particular order, the following – childish glee, joy, laughter, spectacle, wit, sleight of hand, thrills, derring-do, danger, adventure, menace, love and best of all...wonder.
Yes, wonder ties it up nicely in fact.
Leave any memories of Peter Pan pantos at the door and doubt yourself as you begin to beam from ear to ear, just like a six-year-old on Christmas morning.
Rest assured, I'm not exaggerating – this is pure, 24-carat gold, delivering a feel-good rush that doesn't ebb away until the following morning (and even then, on the bus into town at 8.15am, you'll still be sheepishly grinning).
As for the story itself, it's intriguing, deliciously original, and full of shockingly delicious twists and turns, delivered by an ensemble cast so furiously talented (they sing, dance, act, play not just one but myriad instruments and perform circus acrobatics) they'll actually leave you feeling a tad inadequate.
And here's the ultimate Gold Seal of Approval – when I attended, the audience was full of young children who not once asked to be taken to the loo but sat instead, quite literally, on the edge of their seats, laughing, cheering and, when appropriate, serenely awed by the majesty of it all.
Peter Pan in Scarlet runs at Oxford Playhouse until 4th September.
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