Previewed 4 December 2015, Opened 9 December 2015, Closed 31 January 2016 at th Apollo Theatre
Returned 20 October 2016, Closed 29 January 2017 at the Apollo Theatre in London
The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society return with their acclaimed show Peter Pan Goes Wrong to London for a strictly limited Christmas season.
Following the continuing success of their award-winning hit comedy The Play That Goes Wrong, which is currently playing at the Duchess Theatre, the original 'accident-prone' cast of that show returns to the West End stage with J.M. Barrie's classic Peter Pan. Once again the members of the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society battle against technical hitches, flying mishaps and cast disputes. Will they ever make it to Neverland? For the slickest show in the West End this season, DON'T see this show! Please Note: This is a comedy and not a pantomime and is suitable for ages eight and above.
This production was originally presented here at the Apollo Theatre over Christmas 2015 (previewed from 4 December 2015, opened on 9 December 2015 and closed on 31 January 2016 - with a cast that featured Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields, Rosie Abraham, Tom Edden, Fred Gray, Dave Hearn, Chris Leask, Ellie Morris, Charlie Russell, Greg Tannahill and Nancy Wallinger). Written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields. Directed by Adam Meggido with sets by Simon Scullion, costumes by Roberto Surace, lighting by Matt Haskins and sound by Ella Wahlstrom.
When this production was last seen here at the Apollo Theatre in December 2015, Dominic Maxwell in The Times exclaimed: ""What a smartly staged, heartily performed, cannily conceived theatrical comedy this is... executed expertly in Adam Meggido's energetic production. If this were a 20-minute spoof, it would be a corker. Yet the steroidal slapstick is too wilfully contrived to engage you emotionally. There is constant calamity but the characters are too comfortable with it to induce any tension." Sarah Hemming in The Financial Times said "it's irresistibly funny, even if the sharpness of the slapstick and the split-second brilliance of the cast's execution aren't fully matched by the script this time and the jokes about backstage rivalries wear pretty thin. There is just a wicked delight in watching talented actors envelop themselves in disaster... A Christmas cracker." Fiona Mountford in The London Evening Standard highlighted that "it requires bundles of energy to sustain this kind of frolic without flagging and the company possesses them in abundance. The laughs never stop coming... The precision timing behind the gags and slapstick is the constant joy of Adam Meggido's razor-sharp production; you have to be meticulous to create this amount of chaos." Lyn Gardner in The Guardian described it as being "harmlessly goofy entertainment... It's formulaic, but it delivers." Neil Norman in The Daily Express said "there is silliness and laughs galore... Never Say Neverland Again!" Quentin Letts in The Daily Mail explained "there's nothing subtle about but it is done with energy and a crescendo of madness... an uncomplicated evening of physical calamity." Jane Shilling in The Daily Telegraph wrote that "any intimations of restiveness are swiftly banished by the exuberant physicality of Adam Meggido's production, and the extraordinary technical brilliance of Simon Scullion's sets."
"This seasonal edition of the long-running am-dram spoof The Play That Goes Wrong is a proper giggle from start (unhelpful safety announcements) to finish (mayhem). It's not a panto, the self-regarding director sniffs, but a 'traditional Christmas vignette'. And the more seriously they take it, the more merrily cataclysmic the results, from booby-trapped props and hazardous electrics to inappropriate bump'n'grind... It may not always be a good idea that the show goes on, but go on it does: the curtain call is more of a survivors' parade than a celebration. It takes a certain genius to engineer chaos so expertly - no wonder the stage management also take a bow." The Sunday Times
"This is the follow-up to the hit show The Play That Goes Wrong. Again, we are in the hands of Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society - a disaster-prone outfit run by competing egos, with incompetent stage management and a cast of moronic actors... The songs ane nicely naff but the flying is the evening's real treat, as Peter Pan crashes into every chunk of the set, often upside down. Captain Hook, who also directs the show within a show, is a man of John Cleese-ish impatience. The chuckle factor is consistent and builds to sustained guffaws in the Titanic-like pirate-ship sequence. A funny if utterly predictable panto alternative." The Mail on Sunday
Peter Pan Goes Wrong in London at the Apollo Theatre opened 20 October 2016 and closed on 29 January 2017