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REVIEW: The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan (Capital Theatres, Edinburgh)

Updated: Dec 15, 2023

28 November 2023

Edinburgh Festival Theatre


The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan at Capital Theatres, Edinburgh Festival Theatre 2023

The traditional Edinburgh King's panto is this year again staged at its temporary home in the beautiful Festival Theatre. If anything, the larger theatre allows the Capital's panto to be bigger, brighter and bolder than ever.

The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan (or Peter Panto as it's affectionally known) is Spectacular.

The lighting both on, and around the stage, and across the whole auditorium is sensational. The sets and costumes are dazzling. The sound is impeccable. And some of the special effects are simply breathtaking. This is easily the most visually stunning, beautiful, lavish panto I've ever seen. I think I said "wow" out loud at least 10 times.

Telling the well-known tale of Peter Pan, Wendy, Tinkerbell (Tink) and Captain Hook, this Peter Panto is an adventure story with added sparkle, song and street dance! The stylish dance crew Flawless play Captain Hook's pirate crew in a clever, modern, bonus to the traditional panto set-up. Their slick moves and impressive acrobatics are a welcome addition to the swashbuckling tale.

Grant Stott as Captain Hook in The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan at Capital Theatres, Edinburgh Festival Theatre 2023. Photo credit: Douglas Robertson

There is a full cast of talent on stage, but the stars are undoubtedly panto favourites Allan Stewart (Mrs Smee) and Grant Stott (Captain Hook).

Allan Stewart is a theatre legend and one of my personal favourites. In his 25th year of playing the Panto Dame in Edinburgh, he is just as charismatic, saucy and completely fabulous as always. He's brilliant with the kids, but he always has a joke and wink for the adults too. His Dame is unparalleled. Long may he reign

Grant Stott takes obvious glee in playing the villain. Full of local football and Scottish culture jokes, he really knows how to provoke a reaction from the audience. He's a gloriously brilliant baddie. On the opposing side, fan favourite Jordan Young is an energetic and magnetic Smee; a welcome pal to all the kids in the audience.

Special mention to Rebecca Stenhouse (Tink). She's confident, engaging and projects so well in the huge auditorium. Her 'Neverland' is gorgeous. She's the perfect, panto fairy. A brilliant performance.

The whole company look like they're having the time of their lives on that stage and raucous laughter is never far away.

The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan at Capital Theatres, Edinburgh Festival Theatre 2023. Photo credit: Douglas Robertson

There is a wide range of music and song included in this production all gloriously provided by Andy Pickering and his world-class orchestra. From original musical theatre songs to modern movie and pop classics, the orchestra provide a superb soundtrack that really brings the adventure to life.

This production has everything I want from a Christmas panto: gorgeous sparkly costumes, amazing dancers, traditional panto humour with plenty of modern references, a bit of silliness, a lot of cheekiness and a ton of heart.

If you only see one panto in Edinburgh this year, make it the Capital's Peter Pan. I only worry that if you see it, you will be ruined for all other pantos in future. I'm going to say it again: Spectacular.


📸 Production photography: Douglas Robertson

Allan Stewart and Grant Stott in The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan at Capital Theatres, Edinburgh Festival Theatre 2023. Photo credit: Douglas Robertson

The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan is produced by the world’s biggest pantomime producer, Crossroads Pantomimes. The King’s Theatre, the traditional home of panto in Edinburgh, closed in summer 2022 for a 35.6 million capital redevelopment to improve facilities both onstage and off, preserve the heritage of 3 the beautiful building and ensure it's a fitting venue for the panto for years to come. In the meantime, the panto has found a new home at the Festival Theatre until Christmas 2024.



🧚‍♀️The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan 🏴‍☠️

Sat 25 Nov to Sun 31 Dec

Festival Theatre 0131 529 6000 /

With amazing special effects, stunning sets, beautiful costumes and barrel-loads of laughter, The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan will take your whole family on a swashbuckling trip to Neverland like never before!



Allan Stewart – Mrs. McSmee

Grant Stott – Captain Hook

Jordan Young – Smee

Clare Gray – Starkey

Rebecca Stenhouse - Tink

Kieran Lynch - Peter Pan

Robyn Whyte – Wendy

Flawless – Pirates

The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan at Capital Theatres, Edinburgh Festival Theatre 2023. Photo credit: Douglas Robertson


Capital Theatres

Capital Theatres presents world-class shows to entertain and inspire audiences of all ages. Our three venues; Festival Theatre (1,915 seats), King’s Theatre (1,100 seats) and The Studio (155 seats) host over 700 performances each year with a broad and inclusive programme featuring the very best in drama, dance, musical theatre, live music, comedy and pantomime.

In the last year alone we have staged a series of co-productions including James IV - Queen of the Fight, Sunshine on Leith and festive early years commissions, including The Enormous Christmas Turnip, The Gift and The Unexpected Gift with Barrowland Ballet, an inclusive piece for young people with complex needs. We also offer an extensive artist development programme, Open@The Studio, including workshops, R&D residencies and scratch nights to support those who are forging their own way in the industry.

Much of our programme is exclusive to our venues in Scotland, providing the only opportunity for audiences to see the biggest shows touring north of the border, the best in international contemporary dance and the latest productions from leading local and national companies. 6 We support access to the arts for everyone and have an extensive creative engagement programme of talks, workshops and events to introduce and develop engagement and interest in the heritage of our buildings and all areas of live performance.

We are a registered Scottish charity (SC018605) and our theatres and our programme are supported by the City of Edinburgh Council.


Crossroads Pantomimes

With a glittering array of star names headlining spectacular, lavish productions, Crossroads Pantomimes is the world’s biggest pantomime producer. Under the leadership of Michael Harrison, as part of Crossroads Live, the Company works with renowned creative teams, talented casts and musicians, and passionate production teams, to create pantomimes which are at the heart of family entertainment across the UK.


🌟 REVIEW: The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan (Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Capital Theatres, Edinburgh King's Theatre panto 2023) 🌟

🎟️ Disclosure: I was invited to review this show and received a complimentary ticket in exchange. Whether I am invited or not has absolutely no impact on my reviews or star ratings.

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