Peter And Alice Reviews
Ruth Lambert from London,
We were lucky enough to be at the world premier of this play on March 9th. The story was poignant - a peek back into the real lives of the children who inspired Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland. Both complex, intelligent people touched by life and damaged in differing ways by the ravages of World War 1. Magnificent acting all round, especially from Dame Judy Dench. A very memorable and enjoyable evening.
Sina from Germany
I ordered the tickets in december and it was definitely worth waitung! I am from abroad and came especially for that night to watch Peter and Alice. The play is great and musing...gets you thinking...Basically I chose that play to see the most outstanding actress, Judi Dench. It has been an honor to witness her power on stage and passion for the theatre! Go and get tickets,,
Eric Whitney from San Francisco, CA
WONDERFUL AND MOVING
What a wonderful play. A very interesting take on living one's life in the shadow of famous characters. It is true British theatre, with exceptional talent, delivering poignant and difficult material. The show is like experiencing an event, rather than simply seeing a production. Visually impressive and emotionally moving. Honestly, some of the very best theatre I've ever seen.
David Cox from Cardiff
NOT CHILD'S PLAY
Peter and Alice 20th April 2013 For ten years Michael Grandage oversaw excellent productions as Artistic Director at the Donmar Warehouse. He is now involved in 5 shows at the Noel Coward theatre, featuring the cream of British theatrical talent. Having seen the two previous West End productions of “Privates On Parade” I was more keen to see the only new play of the season “Peter And Alice” by John Logan. Following on from the success of “Red” based upon Mark Rothko he has now turned his attention on the meeting of Alice Liddell Hargreaves and Peter Llewellyn Davies. These are the two real people that two of children’s literature favourite characters are based upon, “Alice in Wonderland” and “Peter Pan”. This extraordinary premise is turned into a scintillating drama where the protagonists reveal the pleasures and pain of unexpectedly and unwillingly being chosen for immortality. The casting of Judi Dench and Ben Wishaw is truly inspiring. They both effortlessly recapture their youthful selves which led to their appearances in print as well as showing how each dealt differently with their unsought notoriety. The scene where Alice reaches her hand to claim the lost Peter is truly heart-breaking. This is theatre at its best. Sensibly running at ninety minutes without a break it ensures the momentum built up is not deflated by the imposition of an interval. Oddly enough both performances and writer were involved in the most recent James Bond film “Skyfall”, but here we are in completely different territory. The writers involved Lewis Carroll and James Barried are both well played by Nicholas Farrell and Derek Riddell with Ruby Bentall and Olly Alexander impressively creating the bewildered “Alice In Wonderland” and “ Peter Pan”. But the evening belongs to the lead actors. Remaining on stage throughout Miss Dench belies her age with as good a performance I can recall seeing from her (and I have seen countless over the years). In contrast Ben Wishaw re-states his claim to be amongst the best actors of his generation with a welcome return to the stage. There is a reason why House Full signs are showing outside the Noel Coward theatre. Grab a ticket while you still can.
Dave from London,
PETER AND ALICE
I had gotten tickets for today to see Peter & Alice.Having read the positive reviews before today I was optimistic,then waiting outside the theatre for my friend seeing people hoping for tickets to a full house performance I thought this is hopeful. Well after 90 minuets of captivating entertainment with a strong cast, lead by the superb Judi Dench and Ben Wishaw. This is a 5 star production, worth rave reviews and full houses at each performance.
Trish Ennever from Mittagong NSW Australia
PETER AND ALICE
What a privilege to see both Dame Judi Dench and Ben Wishaw on stage together. Peter and Alice deservedly had the audience on its feet at curtain call, many with tears streaming down their faces. It was unforgettable for so many reasons, not least of all a wonderfully crafted script. This is a play that makes you think. Now I want to read it so that I can relive this powerful story.
Jackie from Staffordshire
I don't know what I expected, but this was beyond anything I could of imagined. A trip back to childhood, thought provoking, emotional, brilliantly written and acted. I don't think I will ever forget those 90 minutes. A standing ovation and plenty of tears at the end . When do we grow up ? Wish it was never!
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