FORGET next month’s panto season – magic is coming to the Theatre Royal even sooner.
This week sees Glasgow musical theatre troupe the Apollo Players stage J.M Barrie’s tale of the boy who never grows up.
Peter Pan lands at the city centre venue on Monday, accompanied by a host of well-known characters both loved and loathed – not least the Captain and his infamous Hook.
Follow Wendy and her brothers on an adventure to Neverland, meeting the Lost Boys, Tinkerbell, Tiger Lily and pillaging pirates along the way – not to mention that lurking croc which once made a meal of the dastardly Captain Hook’s hand.
The theatre group marked 45 years on Glasgow stages this year, and for executive producer and founder John Carlyle, the pre-Christmas show is the ideal way to celebrate.
He told Live: “It’s a magical story with all your favourite characters, stunning scenery, swashbuckling sword fights and a ticking crocodile – all of it set to a soaring musical score”.
With a life-spanning career in the entertainment industry – including stints with Scottish Opera and sharing the stage with some of the industry’s greats – John might just know what he’s talking about.
And assuming the lead role is 31-year-old Glaswegian Gary White, another veteran of the Apollo Players shows with 13 years under his belt, as well as a semi-finalist of BBC programme Strictly Dance Fever.
The performer trained in disco dancing, rock and roll and gymnastics – which he thinks will come in handy (and prevent accusations of being too long in the tooth for the ageless Peter Pan) when he’s flying around the stage.
John urges audiences to give it a try, adding: “Give yourself a well deserved night off and let your dreams take flight”.
And after all — it is nearly Christmas...
n Peter Pan runs at the Theatre Royal, Monday until Saturday at 7.30pm (2.30pm matinee Wednesday and Saturday). Tickets £11-22.50 available on 0844 8717 647.