REVIEW: Peter Pan Goes Wrong ★★★★★ – Apollo Theatre

“…another magical, perfectly orchestrated, calamitous production from the Mischief Theatre Company.”


West End Theatre Guide London


Peter Pan Goes Wrong is a play written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Harry Shields and is a Mischief Theatre Company production. Following a very popular run at the Apollo Theatre last year, the play has returned for another strictly limited season.

In this play, the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society (of The Play That Goes Wrong infamy), having received a generous donation from a cast member’s father, are putting on another production, this time an interpretation of the J. M. Barrie classic, Peter Pan, and the result is one of comic mayhem, with botched lines and technical disasters, which leaves the audience crying with laughter!

Harry Kershaw (The Play That Goes Wrong, Lights! Camera! Improvise!, One Man, Two Guvnors) played Captain Hook and George Darling. Kershaw’s comic timing was fantastic throughout and his audience interaction abilities also shine in this production.

Peter Pan was played by Daniel Pitout (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Blood Wedding, White Christmas). Pitout’s over-exaggerated proud hero stance was pure comedy gold, a performance full of incompetent flying mishaps.

Laurence Pears (The Play That Goes Wrong, The Tempest, La Dispute) played the Narrator of the play. His storytelling was excellent and his interaction with his faulty chair was hilarious.

Oliver Senton (Showstopper!, Mamma Mia, The Tempest) played Nana, the Darling family dog, and Starkey. Senton’s interpretation of Starkey was hilarious with incomprehensible, slurred lines.

The Darling children – Wendy, Michael and John – were played by Bryony Corrigan (The Play That Goes Wrong, How I Learned To Drive, Lights! Camera! Improvise!), Matt Cavendish (The Play That Wrong, Lights! Camera! Improvise!, Sleeping Beauty) and Sydney K Smith (The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Butterfly Lion, Murder on the Nile). They were all fantastic, particularly in the collapsing bed scene.

Peter Pan Goes Wrong is a brilliant mix of fluffed lines, set collapses and mishaps, stage crew being roped into the production and injured, and bandaged actors battling determinedly to make the final curtain. It is another magical, perfectly orchestrated, calamitous production from the Mischief Theatre Company.