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Ended 1 Jun 2013 after 2 months

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This is bold, original, daring theatre that is unquestionably touched by greatness.

Tim Walker, The Telegraph

Closed 1 Jun 2013


The daring work of acclaimed playwright and screenwriter John Logan, Peter and Alice is the imagined outcome of a real-life, chance meeting of Alice Liddell Hargreaves and Peter Llewelyn Davies. Both found fame thrust upon them by the fictional protagonists of two children's classics, Alice was Lewis Carroll's inspiration for Alice, Peter was JM Barrie's for Peter Pan.

Starring Oscar-winning Judi Dench and highly accomplished Ben Whishaw, and directed by Michael Grandage, Peter and Alice is a startling play about love and loss, happiness and sorrow, aging and how our childhoods undeniably and unavoidably mould us.


Eighty year old Alice Liddell Hargreaves and Peter Llewelyn Davies, then thirty-five, meet in dusty old bookshop in 1932 at the opening of a Lewis Carroll exhibition. Both having suffered their share of emotional and psychological scarring, the pair gradually reveal their childhoods, past relationships and views on intimacies with the authors Carroll and Barrie. Past blurs into present, light into dark, reality into memory into fantasy, as we glimpse the lives of the 'real' Alice and Peter. What we see is life infallible, without the rose-tints and 'happily-ever-after's of fairytales and Hollywood movies.


John Logan's screenplays include Any Given Sunday, Gladiator, Hugo, Sweeney Todd, The Aviator, and Bond number 23, and he has worked with some of the most auspicious directors in the Tinseltown, like Ridley Scott, Martin Scorsese and Sam Mendes.

It has not been long since Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw last played alongside each other. 2012's Skyfall (written by John Logan and directed by Sam Mendes) saw the pair playing M and Q in the 23 of the James Bond film series.

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Previews from: 9 March 2013

Opening night: 25 March 2013

Closing night: 1 June 2013

Run time

Approximately 80 minutes with no interval

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What You Say

14 reviews, average rating: (4.5 Stars)

Ruth Lambert: “Superb”

We were lucky enough to be at the world premier of this play on March 9t... more

Sina: “Privilege”

I ordered the tickets in december and it was definitely worth waitung! I ... more

Eric Whitney: “Wonderful And Moving”

What a wonderful play. A very interesting take on living one's life in th... more

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