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Peter Pan - The Never Ending Story

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Touring the UK during December 2013 and January 2014 is Peter Pan - The Never Ending Story, a high-flying, hi-tech fantasy adventure that combines the drama and excitement of live theatre with the epic visuals of a blockbuster movie. Prepare to be amazed as you watch Peter Pan fly high above the stage without wires a world first in theatre!

Starring Stacey Solomon as 'Tinker Bell' along with an international cast of acrobats, dancers, stuntmen and magicians, the show features an original music score and specially arranged classic songs including Angels, Forever Young, Sailing and Nessun Dorma.

Birmingham - NIA National Indoor Arena: Friday 13 to Sunday 15 December 2013
Nottingham - Capital FM Arena: Saturday 21 to Monday 23 December 2013
Leeds - First Direct Arena: Thursday 26 and Friday 27 December 2013
Manchester - Phones 4u Arena: Sunday 29 and Monday 30 December 2013
London - Wembley Arena: Thursday 2 to Saturday 4 January 2014
Glasgow - The SSE Hydro - Friday 10 to Sunday 12 January 2014
Newcastle - Metro Radio Arena - Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 January 2014


Peter Pan

Peter Pan at The Peter Pan Tent in Kensington Gardens in London previewed 26 May 2009, opened 10 June 2009, closed 13 September 2009, returned to The Meridian Gardens at The O2 in London from 1 December 2009 to 10 January 2010.

Peter Pan flies into The O2 for a strictly limited Christmas season. Performed 'in the round' in a specially commissioned, state-of-the-art 1300 seat theatre-tent, this acclaimed production includes a breathtaking 360 degree projected scenic design. This production was previously seen over Summer 2009 in Kensignton Gardens, London.

Peter Pan promises to be a truly magical winter experience for adults and kids alike. Packed with surprises including a breathtaking 360 degree projected scenic design, this major production is conceived and staged by an award-winning creative team.

This brand new stage production of JM Barrie's Peter Pan in London in a version by Tanya Ronder was performed in a state-of-the-art 1,100 seater Neverland Pavilion in the North East corner of Kensington Gardens near Lancaster Gate Tube Station during the Summer of 2009.

Leader of the Lost Boys on the island of Neverland, Peter Pan makes regular visits to the real world where he befriends the Darling children - Wendy and her brothers, John and Michael - and takes them from London to Neverland for a series of fabulous adventures. Petulant fairy Tinkerbell, Red Indians and terrifying pirates, led by Peter's nemesis, the evil Captain Hook are all brought vividly to life in this brand new production that is sure to be this summer's theatrical event!

With over 1000 seats in the round, the state-of-the-art auditorium will offer unimpeded views for everyone. No one in the audience will be more than a few rows from the stage, making this an intimate theatrical experience. William Dudley's groundbreaking set design uses sophisticated CGI technology where you'll be able to fly with Peter to Neverland, stand on the deck of Hook's ship, and soar high over Kensington Gardens in the heart of Edwardian London.

Peter Pan in London is directed by Ben Harrison with designs by William Dudley. Ben Harrison, a former associate director of the Almeida Theatre, is one of the world's leading exponents of site-specific theatre. The multi-Olivier Award winning William Dudley has worked regularly at the National Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre and in the West End and he has an international reputation for his work creating 3D virtual environments. The story is adapted for this special stage production by Tanya Ronder whose adaptation include Vernon God Little for the Young Vic Theatre and Blood Wedding at the Almeida Theatre.

Peter Pan in London at The Peter Pan Tent in Kensington Gardens previewed from 26 May 2009, opened 10 June 2009 and closed 13 September 2009. Transferred to The Meridian Gardens at The O2, from 1 December 2009, closing 10 January 2010.


Peter Pan - 2003

Previewed 15 December 2003, Opened 17 December 2003, Closed 7 March 2004 at the Savoy Theatre in London

Raymond Gubbay presents J M Barrie's original fantasy Peter Pan in London starring Anthony Head and directed by Steven Dexter - playing in repertory with The Pirates of Penzance.

All the wonders of the original fantasy for children are magically brought to life in this brand new production of J.M. Barrie's timeless classic for all the family. True to the original script join Peter, Wendy, John and Michael in the ultimate adventure for every child who never wants to grow up and for every parent who wishes they never had. With the safety of the nursery left far behind, fly across the stars to Never Land and enter Peter's enchanting world of make-believe where wishes come true, childhood innocence comes alive and dreams last for ever. Delight at the carefree band of Lost Boys who gambol amongst sparkling fairies, let your imagination run wild at boisterous Indian braves and mesmerising mermaids, tremble at dastardly pirates led by the villainous Captain Hook... and beware the ticking crocodile!

The show embraces all the important elements of a traditional production, featuring a cast of colourful characters, including Peter Pan, Wendy, the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily, the ticking crocodile, and of course the dastardly Captain Hook and his Pirate Band! The spectacular flying scenes and the great Pan-Hook fight, considered by many to be the most vital part of any Peter Pan, are guaranteed to take your breath away. This is the perfect Christmas entertainment for all the family, a chance for adults to relive their childhood memories through this magical new production and to introduce a new generation of children to the ultimate adventure that is Peter Pan. Age range: suitable for children aged 8 and above.

The cast for this production of Peter Pan in London stars Anthony Head as 'Captain Hook' along with Kathryn Evans as 'Mrs Darling', Jack Chissick as 'Smee', David Burt as 'Mr Darling', Jack Blumenau as 'Peter Pan', Katie Foster-Barnes as 'Wendy' and Elin Wyn Lewis as 'Eliza'. It is directed by Steven Dexter with designs by Francis O'Connor and lighting by Andrew Bridge.

"From the moment the ruched blue curtain rises on the Darlings' Edwardian nursery, it's clear that we are never intended to forget that this is theatre. More curtains, this time cardboard cutouts, hang above the stage and later become the waves of the lagoon in which the Neverland mermaids frolic... The production's air of unreality is well-suited to this tale of make-believe, but Francis O'Connor's sets look decidedly cheap. The script has some slow, wordy interludes that make children fidget, and John Rigby's synthesizer music is horribly tinny.The cast manage to sprinkle a little sparkly fairy dust. Jack Blumenau satisfyingly brings out capering Peter's nasty streak, and Katie Foster-Barnes's sweet Wendy captures the sense of a girl on the cusp of womanhood... The pirates are jolly, and as Captain Hook, Anthony Head is highly entertaining... Despite some winning moments, though, this is a stodgy show that never conjures enough wonderment and exhilaration. It might charm and amuse intermittently, but it's unlikely to leave anyone believing in fairies." The Times

"This plodding production at the Savoy pretends to be Barrie's original, which posed the question: should you put away childish things and submit to conformity and responsibility or retreat to Never Never Land and hang on to childhood for ever? But it's no more the real thing than a plastic Christmas tree, and a tatty, balding one at that... While Katie Foster-Barnes is a sweetly responsible Wendy and Jack Blumenau is perfectly competent as Peter, Anthony Head, star of the Gold Blend ads in the Eighties, is not my cup of coffee as Captain Hook. He brings no more than a stammer to his bland, witless characterisation. Even the flying, in which each child seems stuck in their limited channel like a swimmer in a race, fails to thrill." The Mail On Sunday

Peter Pan in London at the Savoy Theatre previewed from 15 December 2003, opened on 17 December 2003 and closed on 7 March 2004 - played in repertory with The Pirates of Penzance.