In 2016, the National Theatre premiered director Sally Cookson’s innovative new production of ‘Peter Pan’. Imbued with mischief, plenty of magic and a touch of melancholy, the show quickly stole the hearts of audiences and critics alike.
This summer, it’s good news all round for Pan fans young and old: the show is back, and this time at a brand new theatre in West London. Troubadour White City Theatre is a large arts space in the former BBC Media Village in West London, a couple of minutes away from Westfield London. It’s set to be a home for large family shows, with state-of-the-art facilities (that means lots of leg room and plenty of toilets!), run by a team behind the super-successful temporary King’s Cross Theatre. Getting there is a lot easier than “second to the right, and straight on ‘til morning”: it’s two minutes’ walk from White City Station.
Once you’re inside the theatre, you’ll feel like you’ve soared a million miles away from London. Sally Cookson’s re-telling of JM Barrie’s classic tale transports audiences to a Neverland that you’ve never seen before: in this production, the Lost Boys have turned everyday objects into their ramshackle world of adventure. Peter Pan clips ‘fairy strings’ onto people so they can fly (watch your little one’s eyes widen at the sight of the characters taking flight). And the enormous pirate ship and fearsome crocodile puppet are genuinely menacing.
Spellbinding stagecraft aside, much of the real magic of ‘Peter Pan’ is in its characters and its ideas – and Cookson’s production delves deep into the heart of the story. The result is an experience that is just as moving for adults as it is for children. In her glowing review, ‘Time Out’s critic called the 2016 production a ‘gloriously confident adaptation’ with ‘real emotional bite’ – but you’ll have to see it for yourself to properly understand why.
So, if you’re ready for a little extra fairy dust on your summer, book your ticket now to ‘Peter Pan’.
‘Peter Pan’ runs from Jul 22-Oct 27. Tickets start from £18. You can book family tickets (4 tickets) for £37.50 for Tue-Thu using the promo code FAMILY.
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