Last night, we spent the most magical evening in London. I always love going to London at this time of the year to look at all the lights (my Dad used to drive us to London and drive down Oxford Street when we were little – it was one of the highlights of Christmas!) and we were especially lucky to be treated to a gorgeous sail down the Thames with MBNA Thames Clippers, London’s fabulous riverboat service, alighting at the London Eye to catch the festive production of Peter Pan at the National Theatre. It’s such a lovely, lovely way to travel too.
We joined the riverboat just as it was getting dark at London Bridge City (there are a couple of little stalls there, treat yourself to a hot chocolate or a mulled cider first), and were joined on board by a couple of the Lost Boys from the production. They were great fun and absolutely fab with all the kids on board too.
The MBNA Thames Clipper service runs to the London Eye (Waterloo) pier every 20 minutes, and after hopping off, it’s just a short, twinkly walk to the National Theatre (there’s even a Christmas market on the way if you’re not already feeling festive enough!). There was just time to have a look at the small exhibition and wander around the gift shop before grabbing a drink and settling in our seats for the performance.
J M Barrie’s classic story, Peter Pan, has always been one of my favourites, and the production at the National Theatre is an absolute must-see. It’s a modern, creative take on the original with some great live music (including some awesome reggae) and some fantastically clever and spirited performances. The Lost Boys are funny and sweet, Madeleine Worrall is adorable as feisty, bossy, motherly Wendy, and Anna Francolini is quirky and scatty as Mrs Darling and then – magically – utterly terrifying as Hook. She reminded us a bit of Bellatrix Lestrange. Oh, and Felix Hayes’ Mr Darling is fabulously eccentric and hilarious. The whole thing had us laughing out loud, and even sobbing (what? The Lost Boys don’t have a mother!). The flying work on the ‘fairy strings’ is so cleverly done, with nothing hidden and cast members acting as kind of cantilevers for each other, climbing up down scaffolding as their fellow cast fly about the stage, and the fantastic steampunk crocodile is clever and scary too. Tinkerbell is wonderful, hilarious and a work of comic genius. I’m not going to tell you anything else, you simply MUST GO!
Sail to Neverland with MBNA Thames Clippers
If, like us, you’d like to travel to the National Theatre with MBNA Thames Clippers, you can enjoy a 1/3 off travel when you buy single tickets online using the code PeterPan16. You can also claim a fantastic £5 per person discount off evening performances of Peter Pan at the National Theatre when buying adult tickets in price band B (from £52) and price band C (from £39), subject to availability. To take advantage of the promotion and see this utterly wonderful production for yourself, just use the code CLIPPERCODE at the point of purchase. What are you waiting for? Catch Peter Pan at the National Theatre until 4th Feb 2017.
Thanks to the National Theatre and MBNA Thames Clippers for a magical evening.