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Help! Children at the mercy of Tiger Lily and her Indians in Peter Pan On Ice
Help! Children at the mercy of Tiger Lily and her Indians in Peter Pan On Ice
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Two productions highlighting the glamour and glitz of dance will be staged at the Kings, Southsea, in the next eight days.

First, at 7.30pm tomorrow, Brendan Cole returns with brother Scott and four other Strictly Come Dancing professionals, a 14-piece band and two singers in a show called Live And Unjudged.

A bicycle made for one - Peter Pan On Ice

A bicycle made for one - Peter Pan On Ice

Then, from next Tuesday to Saturday, comes Peter Pan On Ice, a spectacular adaptation of JM Barrie’s story of the boy who never grew up.

Fresh from partnering Michelle Williams in the eighth series of Strictly, Brendan will be joined by colleagues Nicole Cutler, Andrew Cuerden, Hanna Haarala and Izabela Hannah.

They will perform to music of legends such as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Robert Palmer, Jennifer Lopez, Prince, Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, Kenny Rogers, Gloria Estefan and Robbie Williams.

After that it will be time for penny-farthings to be ridden across the stage as the curtain rises on the skyline of a London park for Peter Pan On Ice.

The early bicycles will pave the way for pirates, Indians and a ticking crocodile as the Wild Rose company brings the Russian Ice Stars to the stage.

Masterclasses from Igor Moskvin, coach to the Russian national team, helped prepare the skaters, and stunning moves are the work of Cavaliere Giuseppe Arena, who choreographed the opening ceremony of Turin’s 2006 Winter Olympics.

He says: ‘I use artists’ individuality to help make the characters they are playing their own – whether a mermaid, Tiger Lily, or Peter Pan and Hook in a fight and skate sequence.

‘Our artists talk with their bodies and every element of the show needs to make sense – from a double Axel to a butterfly spin.’

The production uses specially commissioned music by Italian Silvio Amato, whose Hollywood film work includes Screw Loose, Oscar Wilde and Novello.

Wild Rose producer Vee Deplidge pioneered the concept of full-length theatre productions on ice.

Now she recalls: ‘While watching an ice show in 1991 I was struck with the thought that marrying danger and speed with the beauty of ballet could be spectacular.

‘I had always loved theatre. Transferring it to the ice was long overdue and would allow a whole new range of movement while giving a much broader appeal to the traditional interpretation of popular stories.

‘What makes Peter Pan so special is that the ideas behind it are magnificent.

‘I always loved being able to escape to wonderland whenever I opened the pages.’

Tickets: (023) 9282 8282 or kings-southsea.com