Peter Pan at Milton Keynes Theatre: ‘Non-stop entertainment from the get-go’

MPMC Peter Pan at Milton Keynes Theatre
MPMC Peter Pan at Milton Keynes Theatre

With just two weeks to go until Christmas, a night out to the pantomime was just the ticket to get everyone in the festive spirit.

And it only took a few moments for the crowds at Milton Keynes Theatre to be rolling about with laughter as Bradley Walsh took to the stage in Peter Pan.

After seven years away from the city’s stage, Bradley was back with a bang.

The cheeky chappy looked to be genuinely enjoying himself as he went off-script and showed he’s still got it.

He led the way on a new kind of panto, one which leaves behind the tradition and instead paves the way for the future with break-dancing and dubstep injecting a modern twist.

Britain’s Got Talent stars Flawless were centre of attention as they showed off their impressive dance moves, but I have to admit I did struggle to see how some of the modern-day songs connected to the story of a boy who never wants to grow up.

This showed that pantomime is changing to fit with the audience of today who aren’t looking for the classic audience interaction scenarios.

Instead, they want flashing lights, loud music, high-speed dancing and to be entertained like they would seeing their favourite artists at the O2.

In my opinion, that is hard to gel with the traditional tale of Peter Pan, so his story seemed to get lost - but it didn’t disappoint. It was incredible non-stop entertainment from the get-go.