The National Theatre’s production of JM Barrie’s Peter Pan is set to return to London this summer with a run at the new Troubadour White City Theatre. Directed by Sally Cookson, the production was first seen at Bristol Old Vic before opening at the National in 2016, and features aerial acrobatics and a live band on stage to tell the story of ‘the Boy Who Never Grew Up’. Cookson’s production, which ran in the Olivier Theatre, starred Paul Hilton as the titular character. Casting for the Troubadour White City Theatre revival is yet to be announced.
When you take a tale as old as time, the main challenge for a theatre director is to tell it in a fresh and newly imagined way. Sally Cookson’s interpretation of the classic J.M. Barrie tale is certainly an innovative theatrical experience, but one that at times seems a little unfocused and overstuffed. A show-stealing performance by Anna Francolini as Captain Hook (and Mrs. Darling), however... Read more