Peter Pan, Troubador White City Theatre - ★★★★☆ - Until October 27, 2019


This delightful National Theatre production makes use of the amazing facilities of the new Troubadour White City Theatre, but the director, Sally Cookson, does not allow them to overwhelm the story and the power of imagination. We are invited into a fantasy world almost constructed from found and familiar components. It is like a setting that children could assemble from easily accessible objects and which really requires imagination to bring it to life. The production does not seek to emulate cinematic effects but creates Neverland, its surroundings and even the crocodile out of our child's imagination. Barrie's tale of the spirit of eternal youth battling and denying the realities of time and death is beautifully captured by a multi-talented cast. Daisy Maywood does a fine job as wise Wendy and Kelly Price is outstanding in the ambiguous dual role of Captain Hook and Mrs. Darling. John Pfumojena's Peter Pan flies. And while the tale of Peter and the Darling family's freedom and adventures will entrance children, the bittersweet ending reflecting the inevitable acceptance of the responsibilities and different joys of adulthood will resonate with the older members of the audience. This is a classic re-imagined and re-invented in a production which will speak to all ages.

Reviewed by J.C.

 Our Score:  ☆☆☆☆★ 

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WHEN, WHERE, GETTING THERE:
Until October 27, 2019
Various show times available. See website below.
Troubadour White City Theatre
Nearest tube: White City
www.peterpanonstage.com

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