Peter Pan – An awfully big adventure
The National Theatre’s remarkable production of J.M. Barrie’s classic tale Peter Pan is on at the Troubadour White City Theatre. Sally Cookson's is a particularly magical version of Peter Pan, both funny and moving, a dazzling co-production with Bristol Old Vic. Will your children love to see Peter Pan, Wendy and the gang flying through the air?
Peter Pan is free-spirited and mischievous. He never grows up. And he can fly. He spends a never-ending childhood enjoying amazing adventures in mythical Neverland, as the leader of the Lost Boys. It's a world packed with fairies, pirates, magical creatures and, of course, ordinary children like Wendy.
The story goes like this. Peter Pan, the head of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow on a visit to London. After Wendy helps him to find and re-attach it, she is invited to visit Neverland. This is where you'll meet Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily, and the evil Captain Hook in a story that's bursting at the seams with magic, mischief, music and imagination. This super production is being presented by special arrangement with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, plus Samuel French Ltd, and it's designed to delight.
The Radio Times calls it 'spellbindingly imaginative. An edgy and dazzling production that lights up the theatre'. The Daily Telegraph calls it 'superb' and 'inventive'. First staged in 2012, Sally Cookson's version of Barrie's delightful story features a ferocious Captain Hook, complete with the famous ticking crocodile, and a grown-up cast of Lost Boys. The music is brilliant, all bluesy and folksy and cool, kicked off by a fantastic Fairy String quartet.
The relationships that hold the story together are strong and beautifully portrayed, and Wendy isn't the least bit agreeable – she doesn't want to be cast in the role of 'mother' to the boys, something she battles fiercely against. In many ways this is a very modern version of the old tale!
As a result of all this magic the story is much more than a fairy tale. And that's why adults also enjoy it so much. There's a terrifying pirate ship, unbelievable flight scenes, and the crocodile is truly horrible. The puppetry is awesome. And the talented John Pfujomena makes an unusually loveable Peter Pan. Altogether this is a moving, accessible piece of theatre that'll thrill your children and leave you feeling you've encountered some grown-up magic as well.
Who is this show for?
This gorgeous production runs for two and a half hours, including a twenty minute interval, and the crocodile is actually genuinely scary, which makes it best for children aged seven and above.
What to expect:Acting
Recommended for:Anyone (0%)
This was sold as a musical. When we arrived we noticed the orchestra on stage so realised, with many others, that no musical will be performed. Although the show was not spectacular, it was a good experience, in terms of music, acting and story. Our child age 8 did just about understand humour. However, I do not recommend this show to younger children. Although I did enjoy the experience, I felt the tickets were sold as a musical, which was not the case...Probably overpriced.
Reviewed on 26 October 2015 by John, New Eltham, United Kingdom
by Isabella James | Saturday, July 27 2019, 18:15
This co-production from The National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic stays very true to J.M. Barrie’s story of a young boy who refuses to grow-up. An ensemble cast of musicians and dancers thrust Peter Pan and Wendy into a colourful Neverland with a creative design and stunning aesthetic.Review: PETER PAN at Troubadour White City Theatre
by Phil Willmott | Tuesday, December 6 2016, 13:04
The story of a puckish, eternal child, Peter Pan, who lures three Edwardian kids to fly away to a fantasy adventure on an island is so ubiquitously a part of the British Christmas that London even has PETER PAN GOES WRONG at the Apollo Theatre which pastiches it.Review: PETER PAN at The National Theatre