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85-88 St Martins Lane, London WC2N 4AU

Peter And Alice

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Closed June 1, 2013

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

Tim Walker, The Telegraph

Why See Peter And Alice?

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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

Run time

Approximately 80 minutes with no interval


You may be required to wear a mask during this performance. Please contact the venue directly for more information.

Cast and Creative


Judi Dench as Alice Liddell Hargreaves
Ben Wilshaw as Peter Llewellyn Davies
Olly Alexander
Ruby Bentall
Stefano Braschi
Nicholas Farrell
Derek Riddell


Director Michael Grandage
Set and Costume Designer Christopher Oram
Lighting Designer (TBC)
Composer and Sound Designer Adam Cork

What you thought

14 reviews, average rating: (4.5 Stars)

4.5 star rating

Ruth Lambert: “superb”

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

Sina: “Privilege”

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

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