Packed with puppetry and enough theatrical magic to enchant both young and old alike, our spellbinding reinvention of Peter Pan is back.
For the wounded soldiers of World War One, imagination is their only escape. Yet as they’re transported to the fantastical lagoons and pirate ships of Never Land, allegories of the war they’ve left behind are ever present.
George Llewelyn Davies, later killed in action in 1915, was one of the children who inspired J. M. Barrie to create the iconic character of Peter Pan. Remembering him, and a generation of Lost Boys, Timothy Sheader and Liam Steel’s “stunning, moving, definitive production is not to be missed” (Time Out)
By arrangement with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.
Early Bird Previews (17-23 May): Save £5 on all prices excluding Price Band D. Book by 30 April 2018.
The production can be purchased as part of the Season Ticket.
More information about the Autism-Friendly performance on 30 May at 2.15pm.
Guidelines for Parents and Teachers
This production is suitable for primary school age and over. It is framed by a First World War setting, and starts in a field hospital where soldiers have been injured in action. The adventure then continues in Never Land.
“An enlightening interpretation to the original that will touch adults, and copious adventure, excitement and wonder to keeps kids enthralled” (Culture Whisper)
“My early stage secondary school companion enjoyed this Peter Pan as much as I did. Each of us brought our own level of understanding to this unexpected reworking; each found satisfaction” (The Observer)
It remains the responsibility of the parent/guardian in advance of purchase to make their own judgement as to the suitability of the show for their own child. In any event, please note that children under the age of 4 are not permitted to the theatre or theatre grounds for this production.
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“JAW-DROPPING...a magical spectacle, and a heap more besides. It looks stunning: stuffed with steampunky puppets ...plus some swashbuckling flight scenes.
A VISIONARY and DEFINING production”
“TERRIFIC ... boisterous and full of childlike ingenuity. The production is drenched in magical, earthy delights.
The elegant, poetic irony that shadows the action is unmistakable; it’s a shimmering mix of dream and nightmare”
Timothy Sheader and Liam Steel's fluid, physical production...is THRILLING. The aerialism suspends your disbelief a treat.
“As the sun goes down in Regent's Park and a crescent moon rises above the stage, the Open Air Theatre sprinkles its own kind of fairy dust across the auditorium”
“It’s rare to find a show that can delight young and old in equal measure, but Peter Pan pulls it off. There’s an enlightening interpretation to the original that will touch adults, and COPIOUS ADVENTURE, EXCITEMENT and WONDER to keep kids enthralled.”
You'll believe a boy can fly. Eve, my early stage secondary school companion enjoyed this Peter Pan as much as I did. Each of us brought our own level of understanding to this unexpected reworking; each found satisfaction.
“PHYSICALLY INVENTIVE...with a majestic sense of spectacle”
“Timothy Sheader and Liam Steel’s clever production soars with ingenuity.”
“Set designer Jon Bausor has surpassed himself in creating a stunning Never Land that cuts through the khaki and grey of the war as sharply as Nick Powell’s haunting original score.
A hugely entertaining, RICHLY IMAGINATIVE adaptation that also lends perspective to the ideologies of the First World War”
“I don’t suppose there could be a better adaptation of Peter Pan than has been achieved here – on stage, in film, in your wild spun dreams.
This is a DARING and INGENIOUS exhibition of how theatre can transfigure the old stories we know so well into an encounter so singular, we forget we ever knew the story at all.”
“Never Land really flies at this outdoor theatre. Fight scenes are ROLLICKING, while the buoyant, bouncing flying will have you yearning to join in.”
“A heart-rending staging of JMBarrie’s story…it’s SPRIGHLY, IMAGINATIVE and TERRIFIC FUN, but it is also IMMENSELY POIGNANT”
“Do you believe in fairies? You will after this wonderful Peter Pan. A PIECE OF THEATRICAL MAGIC”
“This GORGEOUS, MAGICAL production uses the losses inflicted by World War 1 as a powerful backdrop to Barrie’s enduring story of arrested childhood.”
- Director – Timothy Sheader & Liam Steel
- Designer – Jon Bausor
- Costume Designer – Jon Morrell
- Puppet Designer/Director – Rachael Canning
- Composer & Sound Score – Nick Powell
- Lighting Designer – Rick Fisher
- Sound Designer – Nick Lidster for Autograph
- Season Associate Director (Voice & Text)
– Barbara Houseman
- Fight Director – Kate Waters
- Casting Director – Polly Jerrold
- Musical Supervisor and Musical Director – Candida Caldicot
- Casting to be announced