The Empire continues to build on its solid reputation for presenting first class provincial pantos.

This year’s vibrant and original re-working of Peter Pan is another high-flying success.

TV star and accomplished actor Tony Maudsley and comedian and Empire stalwart John Evans are individually ‘spot on’ and deftly delightful as a double-act.

Their respective timing is a joy to watch as they milk every pun, sight gag and audience participation element.

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Wendy and Peter Pan pictured on stage at the Liverpool Empire (Picture: Mark McNulty)

The two-hour, ten minute show - including interval - is packed with plenty of gags and top-notch song and dance routines.

There is something for everyone as it works on so many levels.

John Evans is the panto ‘glue’ that keeps the pace rolling along nice.

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Bob Tomson’s expert directing ensures there’s never a dull moment.

Benidorm’s Tony as Cutlass Kenneth scales new heights on the camp-o-meter with his likeable kilt-wearing character.

His expressive face radiates the fact that he is loving very minute of appearing on his home-town stage. He connects.

And he is in fine company alongside: Asa Elliott’s Tiger Billy; Louis Emerick’s dim and daft Captain Hook and X Factor star Niki Evans as Mimi the magical mermaid with a warm Brummie accent.

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(Picture: Mark McNulty)

Peter Pan (Adam McCoy), Wendy (Cristina Hoey) and Tinker Bell (Georgie Ashford) are all instant hits with the kids.

The show features a superb pirate ship set, scary mechanical crocodile and a lovely underwater scene worthy of the West End.

And it’s great to hear Yellow Submarine and Octopus’s Garden still inspiring an audience to sing-a-long.

There’s also a simple yet well-devised garden wall romantic slapstick sequence – a favourite set piece once used by Morecambe and Wise.

The songs are well chosen throughout notably Crocodile Rock and The Boo Radleys’ Beautiful Morning.

Another highlight is a wonderfully imaginative version of Cilla Black’s Something Tells Me.

You will never think of trumpets in the same light again.

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(Picture: Mark McNulty)

Costumes are what you would expect from the QDos Entertainment producers – dazzling in every case.

Lots of magic dust should go to the Liverpool Empire Juvenile Ensemble for smashing team work. And there’s a great five- piece band playing below deck.

This Peter Pan is very well scripted and that certainly allows all the star talents to shine.

5 Stars - Tinsel-Coated Triumph!

On at the Empire until December 29, with tickets available via the box office on 0844 871 3017 or via