Peter Pan Review – Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival

Peter Pan Review

I’ve been popping off to Sophia Gardens a lot lately to watch some fantastic shows on stage at Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival. The girls have heard me talk a lot about it so they were really excited when Saturday came and it was their turn to go.


We headed off looking forward to sitting outside in the sun enjoying a drink before the show started but sadly it wasn’t to be – silly me had left the tickets at home (I had brought the tickets for Romeo and Juliet instead) so we had to rush back home to pick up the right ones! It didn’t matter though as we made it just a little late so didn’t miss much! I was annoyed at myself though as I love the little bar area and it was a nice day so would have been nice to sit there for a bit.

The show made up for my disappointment in myself though. It was fast paced, entertaining and the kids loved it! The costumes were colourful and really caught the imagination of the children. The dancing and singing were brilliant, really catchy and we found ourselves singing and dancing along. The absolute highlight for Little Miss J was the crocodile who appeared periodically from behind the stage – she was so excited her face was a picture!


Wendy was her usual affable self, Peter Pan his usual cheeky self and Tinkerbell as sullen and naughty as we expect!  Smee was very funny and Hook was a gentle villain, ensuring no small children were too scared! I liked the way Wendy stood up to Peter Pan and who wouldn’t get teary at the part where they sing about mothers?!


The lovely thing was that I could hear everyone talking about what a great show it was on the way out – I think everyone enjoyed, young and old alike! When we headed outside after it was finished the cast were waiting to take photos with the children which was a really special touch. My children didn’t want to have their photos taken (typically) but so many children did want to obviously and it would have been a lovely keepsake of a great morning.

The show was packed out when we went and I am sure it will continue to be popular. If you want to book tickets to see it you can book online here. The show is running until the 30th July 2016 and I’d definitely recommend it.

Photo credits:  Natalie Johnson-Rolley

Disclosure – we were gifted tickets to the show for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and my own. 



  1. July 24, 2016 / 10:27 pm

    I was at this show too haha, it was great! My sons loved it, was a great start to the summer hols x

  2. Kerry Norris
    July 27, 2016 / 7:10 am

    Awww such a shame to have missed this. Eva loves Peter Pan. We are currently reading the original novel with her now x

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