Sally Cookson’s acclaimed production of JM Barrie’s beloved Peter Pan, the tale of the boy who doesn’t grow up, flies back into London this summer.

Following a sold out run at the Bristol Old Vic, and a reimagining at the National Theatre in 2016, Cookson’s brilliantly inventive Peter Pan returns to the capital city. The show features spectacular aerial acrobatics, live music from an on-stage band – and no shortage of magic and mischief.

When the leader of the Lost Boys, Peter Pan, loses his shadow during a visit to London, the headstrong Wendy helps him to re-attach it, and is rewarded with an invitation to the wonderful world of Neverland. Along the way, she meets Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily, and the fearsome Captain Hook.

The show’s return to London forms part of the opening season at Troubadour White City Theatre, a new site at the former BBC Media Village in West London. The show features design by Michael Vale, with dramaturgy by Mike Akers, lighting design by Aideen Malone, and sound design by Dominic Bilkey. Peter Pan features original music by Benji Bower, with movement direction by Dan Canham and puppetry co-design and direction by Toby Olié.

John Pfumojena will return to the production as Peter Pan, having played Michael Darling in the 2016 show at the National Theatre. Daisy Maywood will play Wendy Darling, with Kelly Price as Captain Hook and Mrs Darling.

Sally Cookson is an Olivier Award-nominated director, well known for her playful and ingenious stagings of stories including The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe at West Yorkshire Playhouse, and Jane Eyre and Peter Pan at the Bristol Old Vic and National Theatre. Her other hit shows include the likes of Cinderella – A Fairytale (Olivier nomination, Tobacco Factory Theatre); La Strada, Hetty Feather (Olivier nomination); and We’re Going On A Bear Hunt (West End).

An exploration of the possibilities and pain of growing up, Peter Pan is a riotous tale of magic, mischief, music and make-believe, with wondrously innovative staging, and a funny and moving version of the much-loved story.

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