Eastbourne Theatre’s pantomime has attracted a well-deserved reputation for a being a great show for all the family. I’ve been two years running now, without any children, and loved every minute of it. Last year I made up for the lack of kids by allowing my own inner child to reign for the night, shouting myself hoarse at all the goings on. This year I was a little more restrained, partly because the little girl behind me more than made up for it and it was an absolute delight to hear her genuinely wild enthusiasm and engagement as she loved every minute of it. Except the final curtain. She wanted to be a mermaid and she didn’t ever want it to finish.
Eastbourne Panto is a spectacle of theatre entertainment. This year’s story Peter Pan stars Coronation Street’s Brian Capron as Captain Hook and Britain’s Got Talent stars Twist and Pulse as pirates Swash and Buckle. Local stars Martyn Knight and Tucker return by popular demand as Smee and Mrs Smee, and the Lost Boys are played by locally auditioned children. There’s choreography galore, dazzling costumes and stunning scenery: it’s a sound and light spectacular.
Expect several hours of theatre mayhem, comedy, music, dancing, and some very special special-effects. It’s an exhilarating and exhausting ride, but it’s well worth the ticket price so book your seats quick – it’s the year’s most popular show.