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Sally Cookson tumbles expectations in a fine production that’s true to JM Barrie’s sadly twisting story

The Guardian

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The JM Barrie favourite sees a spin on its villain

As part of Rufus Norris' new programme as the incoming artistic director of the National Theatre, he has scheduled a daring take in casting some classic plays, as part of a drive to encourage diversity in theatre. In this new production first seen at the Bristol Old Vic last year, the duel role of Captain Hook (and Mrs Darling) will be played by Anna Francolini in the NT transfer this coming November, with Paul Hilton playing her nemesis, Peter Pan.

What is it about?

Three children in a wealthy family feel neglected by their stern mother, and are comforted by their patient and caring father. Wendy is approaching 12 and yearns for more adventure in her life before she leaves the nursery and begins formal training as a young woman. One night, a mysterious stranger enters the nursery; a boy of Wendy's age, who can fly. After she helps him retrieve his lost shadow, he invites her and her younger brothers John and Michael for an adventure of a lifetime.

With adventures dark, compelling and sweetly funny, Wendy must decide whether or not to remain in Neverland with Peter and his Lost Boys as their chief storyteller and "mother", or return home to their grief-stricken family, who believe that they have lost them forever. But will Peter let her and the Lost Boys return without a fight? And is Captain Hook really the true villain in this story?

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Opening night: 3 November 2016


Suitable for ages 7+

Run time

to be confirmed by producers

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