By Michael Billington for The Guardian
I never thought I'd live to see the day when Peter Pan entered a no-fly zone. But the most extraordinary feature of this synthetically reductive musical, with score by George Stiles and lyrics by Anthony Drewe, is that Barrie's mythic hero becomes airborne only in the final seconds. That seems all too symbolic of a show that for most of the evening refuses to take wing.
Its sole redeeming feature is the stage presence of Susannah York as the story-teller. Looking something of an ageless Peter Pan herself, with her cropped hair and plum-coloured trouser suit, she guides us through Barrie's alarming masterpiece with wide-eyed curiosity. She invests the climax with genuine emotion as she confronts the dilemma of whether it is better to achieve conformist adulthood or be stuck in a state of arrested development. click for more
********************************** Peter Pan
By Peter Hepple for The Stage
Forget that the show is played in front of a 35-piece orchestra and that there is no flying, apart from a rather wobbly airborne appearance from Peter Pan at the end.
Director Ian Talbot, set and costume designers Will Bowen and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen plus lighting and sound men Durham Marenghi and John Del Nero have created a genuinely magical experience and ultimately a surprisingly moving one, in this production of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe's musical version of Barrie's tale, with a witty and intelligent book by Willis Hall. click for more
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