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A thrilling re-imagining of Peter Pan flies into Birmingham Repertory Theatre for Christmas 2019

A thrilling re-imagining of Peter Pan flies into Birmingham Repertory Theatre for Christmas 2019. Directed by Liam Steel, this new staging of the classic story will play from 30 November to 19 January.

Following last year’s acclaimed retelling of The Wizard Of Oz, director Liam Steel brings the classic Peter Pan story into the twenty-first century with a new version set to make audiences fall in love with the family favourite all over again.

Wendy and her little brothers are feeling lost. Separated from their mother, they’ve been sent to live in a flat high up above the city. Then one night, a remarkable flying boy arrives offering her an escape. The boy’s name is Peter Pan and he invites Wendy and her brothers to fly away with him to a magical world beyond their urban reality. A world of mischievous Lost Children and boundless dreams called Neverland. But there’s danger lurking – it’s also a place of malicious mermaids, feisty fairies and the devious Captain Hook, who is plotting on Skull Island with a band of fearsome pirates. Can Wendy defeat them to save her new-found friends?

Director Liam Steel said:

“Christmas at Birmingham Repertory Theatre is always a magical experience and 2019 is set to be extra-special. We are creating a brand new re-imagined version of Peter Pan specifically for Birmingham audiences. All the beloved characters will be there (albeit with some surprise twists in the casting), but we have transposed it from London 1904 to Birmingham 2019 and made the characters much more relatable and relevant for a modern day audience. 

 “For children encountering the story for the first time, I want them to feel this was how the characters were originally written, and for those who know the story well, then I want them to experience it with the joy of re-discovery, as though they are hearing it for the very first time all over again. With spectacular flying, incredible sets on a huge scale, ingenious puppetry, out of this world costumes and of course a giant man eating crocodile, audiences can expect to see one of the most visually spectacular Christmas shows ever to grace The REP’s stage.”

Bringing the story to life will be a company of 18 actors. Flying high as Peter Pan is Lawrence Walker (Back Down, Birmingham Repertory Theatre; Wendy and Peter, RSC) with Nia Gwynne (Timon of Athens, RSC; Temple, Sky; Tolkien, Fox) as the formidable Hook.

Making their professional stage debuts are Cora Tsang as Wendy, John Carter as Slightly and Sia Alipour as a pirate. Also swashbuckling their way as pirates are Charlotte Merriam (The White Devil, Shakespeare’s Globe) as Smee and Stavros Demetraki (The Vote, Donmar Warehouse) as Starkey alongside Chris Charles (War Horse, National Theatre), Luke Johnson (Peter Pan, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and Jocelyn Prah (Man of La Mancha, ENO).

They are joined by Birmingham actors Kascion Franklin (Danny And The Human Zoo, BBC) as John Darling, Keiren Hamilton-Amos (Our Country’s Good, Nottingham Playhouse) as Nibs and Hannah Millward (Rebel Music, Birmingham Repertory Theatre) as Tootles.

Joining the gang of Lost Ones is Rose Ayling-Ellis (Mother Courage, Royal Exchange) and Faye Campbell (Snow White, Sixteen Feet) as The Twins, and Dominic Owen (Barnum, Menier Chocolate Factory) as Curly. The cast is completed by Scarlett Ward (Katzenmusik, Royal Court) as Michael Darling and dance, acrobatic and contortionist artist, Mirabelle Gremaud as Tinkerbell.

Liam Steel is a multi-award winning director and choreographer whose most recent credit includes choreographer for the highly-acclaimed West End production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company for which he received an Olivier nomination. His work has included creating productions for the National Theatre, The Globe, RSC, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Royal Court, Manchester Royal Exchange, Chichester Festival Theatre, Frantic Assembly and many more. He is a core collaborator at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and has worked on ten productions there over ten seasons, including co-directing and choreographing Sondheim’s Into The Woods, which was awarded an Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival. He has created many award winning contemporary dance commissions, choreographed for Musical Theatre on the West End and Broadway. In the commercial sector his work includes creating all the musical staging and choreography for the film version of the musical Les Misérables – winner of 3 Oscars, 4 BAFTAS and 3 Golden Globes – including Best Motion Picture.

 Peter Pan at Birmingham Repertory Theatre will be adapted by Georgia Christou and Liam Steel from the original play and book by J.M.Barrie. It will be designed by Michael Pavelka with costume designs by Laura Jane Stanfield and lighting design by Lee Curran. The composer is Asaf Zohar with sound design by Christopher Shutt. Kate Waters is Fight Director and Polly Jerrold is casting director.

Peter Pan opens at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on 30 November and runs until 19 January. Tickets are on sale now and available from 0121 236 4455 / birmingham-rep.co.uk

Cast announced for the National Theatre’s transfer of Peter Pan to Troubadour White City Theatre

Today the National Theatre announced the 24 strong cast of Sally Cookson’s magical retelling of Peter Pan as rehearsals get underway for its limited run at Troubadour White City Theatre, a brand-new venue, just minutes from Westfield in West London.

John Pfumojena, who played Michael Darling in the 2016 production at the NT will be returning as Peter Pan alongsideDaisy Maywood as Wendy Darling and Kelly Price as Captain Hook, who also plays Mrs Darling.

They are joined by: Greg Bernstein (Ensemble), Matthew Churcher (Ensemble), Raffaella Covino (Swing & Dance Captain), Josh Donovan (Swing), Ammar Duffus (Michael Darling/Pirate), Jemma Geanaus (Swing), Philippa Hogg(Ensemble), Mark Kane (Nana/Tootles/Pirate), Richard Kent (Ensemble), Cora Kirk (Jane/Nibs/Pirate), David Langham(Mr Darling/Smee/Lost Boy (Twin Two)), Nadine Lee (Band), Iniki Mariano (Ensemble), Harry Miller (Band), Jessica Murrain (Tiger Lily/Slightly/Pirate), Loren O’Dair (Twin One/Pirate/Ensemble), Miles Paloma (Swing), Luke Potter(Band), Shiv Rabheru (Tinkerbell/Curly/Pirate), Jools Scott (Band) and Alistair Toovey (John Darling/Pirate).

Peter Pan, first seen at Bristol Old Vic and reconceived at the National Theatre in 2016, is a thrilling story suitable for all ages. Devised by the companies and directed by Olivier Award-winner Sally Cookson (Jane Eyre, A Monster Calls), the production features innovative aerial acrobatics and live music from an on stage band. Bursting with magic, mischief, music and make-believe, this wondrously inventive Peter Pan is a funny and moving version of a much-loved story.

The show will begin previews on 20 July and performances will run through until 27 October with a press performance on Saturday 27 July at 2pm.

Troubadour White City Theatre will open at White City Place, the former BBC Media Village in West London. The venue will consist of two fully flexible spaces including a 1,200 fully flexible theatre and an 800-seat multi-purpose state-of-the-art theatre. White City Place is a joint venture development between Stanhope, Mitsui Fudosan and AIMCo.

Peter Pan is a National Theatre co-production with Bristol Old Vic.

Peter Pan is designed by Michael Vale with costume design by Katie Sykes, dramaturgy by Mike Akers, lighting design by Aideen Malone, and sound design by Dominic BilkeyPeter Pan features original music by Benji Bower, with movement direction by Dan Canham, puppetry design and direction by Toby Olié, aerial direction by Gwen Hales and fight direction by Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Copper-Brown of RC-ANNIE Ltd. Casting is by Sam StevensonCDG.

Sally Cookson trained at LAMDA and worked as an actor for ten years before embarking on a freelance directing career. Her theatre credits include The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Jane Eyre and Peter Pan(Bristol Old Vic/National Theatre). She is an associate artist at Bristol Old Vic, where other productions include Sleeping BeautyTreasure IslandThe Boy Who Cried WolfPapa Please Get the Moon for MeClownStrange CasePericles,Pains of Youth and The Visit. Her numerous collaborations with Travelling Light theatre include Strictly BaltiThe Ugly DucklingBoing!How Cold My ToesShadowplayCloudlandLenny and Bob the Man on the Moon. Other theatre includes One Hundred and One DalmatiansAli Baba and the Forty ThievesCinderella – A Fairytale (Tobacco Factory Theatre, Olivier Award nomination); La StradaHetty Feather (Olivier Award nomination); We’re Going On A Bear Hunt(Kenny Wax Productions); Romeo and Juliet (The Rose Theatre); Stick Man and Tiddler (Scamp Theatre).

Peter Pan is presented by special arrangement with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Samuel French Ltd.

Peter Pan at Troubadour White City Theatre is supported by American Express, the National Theatre’s preferred Card Partner.

Sally Cookson’s Peter Pan to open at Troubadour White City Theatre this July

Peter Pan

Sally Cookson’s magical retelling of PETER PAN by J M Barrie will open at a new venue, Troubadour White City Theatre, in July.

Get set for an awfully big adventure as the National Theatre’s magical retelling of J M Barrie’s PETER PAN, a thrilling story for audiences of all ages devised by the companies and directed by Olivier Award-winner Sally Cookson (Jane EyreA Monster Calls), will open at Troubadour White City, a new theatre in West London, this summer.

Peter Pan, first seen at Bristol Old Vic and reconceived at the National Theatre in 2016, features innovative aerial acrobatics and live music from an on stage band. Bursting with magic, mischief, music and make-believe, Sally Cookson’s wondrously inventive Peter Pan is a funny and moving version of a much-loved story.

Performances begin 20 July and run through to 27 October, with a press performance on Saturday 27 July at 2pm.Tickets are now on sale to NT and KX Tickets members, with public on sale from Friday 7 June.

All children grow up. Except one.

When leader of the Lost Boys, Peter Pan, loses his shadow during a visit to London, headstrong Wendy helps him re-attach it. In return she is invited to Neverland – where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await.

Troubadour White City Theatre will open at White City Place, the former BBC Media Village in West London. The venue will consist of two fully flexible spaces including a 1,200 fully flexible theatre and an 800-seat multi-purpose state-of-the-art theatre. White City Place is a joint venture development between Stanhope, Mitsui Fudosan and AIMCo.

Peter Pan is a National Theatre co-production with Bristol Old Vic.

Peter Pan is designed by Michael Vale with dramaturgy by Mike Akers, lighting design by Aideen Malone, and sound design by Dominic BilkeyPeter Pan features original music by Benji Bower, with movement direction by Dan Canham and puppetry co-design and direction by Toby Olié. Casting is by Sam Stevenson. Casting to be announced.
Sally Cookson trained at LAMDA and worked as an actor for ten years before embarking on a freelance directing career. Her theatre credits include The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Jane Eyre and Peter Pan (Bristol Old Vic/National Theatre). She is an associate artist at Bristol Old Vic, where other productions include Sleeping BeautyTreasure IslandThe Boy Who Cried WolfPapa Please Get the Moon for MeClownStrange CasePericlesPains of Youth and The Visit. Her numerous collaborations with Travelling Light theatre include Strictly BaltiThe Ugly DucklingBoing!How Cold My ToesShadowplayCloudlandLenny and Bob the Man on the Moon. Other theatre includes One Hundred and One DalmatiansAli Baba and the Forty ThievesCinderella – A Fairytale (Tobacco Factory Theatre, Olivier Award nomination); La StradaHetty Feather (Olivier Award nomination); We’re Going On A Bear Hunt (Kenny Wax Productions); Romeo and Juliet (The Rose Theatre); Stick Man and Tiddler (Scamp Theatre).

Peter Pan is presented by special arrangement with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Samuel French Ltd.

Peter Pan at Troubadour White City Theatre is supported by American Express, the National Theatre’s preferred Card Partner.

Peter Pan – Listings Update

Peter Pan

Peter Pan © Sam Robinson

The Press Night performance of Sally Cookson’s production of Peter Pan is to be delayed until Friday 2 December, and not Wednesday 23 November as previously announced. The first preview of the production will now take place on Thursday 17 November, and not Wednesday 16 November as originally scheduled. Patrons who have booked tickets for the first preview performance of the show will be contacted by the NT Box Office and transferred to a subsequent performance.

Sophie Thompson could no longer continue in the production due to badly breaking her wrist during rehearsals, which required surgery. Anna Francolini stepped into the roles of Mrs Darling / Captain Hook. Due to the devised nature of the production, additional rehearsal time is required to allow Anna to further develop the characters Sophie created and make them her own.

Sally Cookson said Sophies extraordinary work during workshops and rehearsals has left its mark on this production and we are all so grateful for her huge creative input. She is handing the baton on to the fabulous Anna Francolini to complete the journey. We send Sophie our love and wish her a speedy recovery following the successful operation to her wrist last Thursday.”

Press night: Friday 2 December, 7pm

National Theatre News – Casting Update for PETER PAN, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic

Sophie Thompson has had to withdraw from the cast of Peter Pan, the National Theatre’s Christmas show, due to a broken wristAnna Francolini, last seen at the NT in wonder.land, will take over the role of Captain Hook/ Mrs Darling. The NT is delighted that Anna was available to step into the role, and wishes Sophie a speedy recovery.

All children, except one, grow up… 

Peter Pan

Peter Pan © Sam Robinson

When Peter Pan, the leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow during a visit to London, headstrong Wendy helps him re-attach it. In return she is invited to Neverland – where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. Exploring the possibilities and pain of growing up, it’s a riot of magic, mischief, music and make-believe.

Director Sally Cookson brings her wondrously inventive Peter Pan to the National Theatre after a sell-out, critically acclaimed run at Bristol Old Vic Theatre. Peter Pan will open in the Olivier Theatre on Wednesday 16 November, with press night on Wednesday 23 NovemberAnna Francolini will play Captain Hook and Mrs Darling, reinstating the double casting intended by J M Barrie for his original production.

The cast also includes Saikat Ahamed, Suzanne Ahmet, Marc Antolin, Lois Chimimba, Laura Cubitt, Phoebe Fildes, Felix Hayes, Paul Hilton, John Leader, Amaka Okafor, John Pfumojena, Jessica Temple, Dan Wheeler and Madeleine Worrall.

Directed by Sally Cookson, with dramaturgy by Mike Akers, set design by Michael Vale, costume design by Katie Sykes, lighting by Aideen Malone, music by Benji Bower, sound design by Dominic Bilkey, movement by Dan Canham, aerial direction by Gwen Hales, fight direction by Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown of RC-ANNIE Ltd, and puppet direction and design by Toby Olié.

Suitable for children aged 7+. Half-price tickets for under-18s.

Press night: Wednesday 23 November, 7pm

A relaxed performance of Peter Pan will take place on Saturday 21 January at 2pm.

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The National Theatre lineup for the next 6 months

Ruth Wilson takes the title role in HEDDA GABLER in a new version by Patrick Marber, directed by Ivo van Hove.

 Alexander Zeldin will direct LOVE, a co-production with Birmingham Repertory Theatre. 

 Elizabeth Debicki joins Mark Strong and Hope Davis in the cast of David Hare’s THE RED BARN, based on the novel, La Main, by Georges Simenon, and directed by Robert Icke.

 Adam Gillen and Karla Crome join the cast of AMADEUS, Lucian Msamati as Salieri, directed by Michael Longhurst.

 NT Live announces broadcasts of NO MAN’S LAND by Harold Pinter, with Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart from the West End, Josie Rourke’s production of Bernard Shaw’s SAINT JOAN, with Gemma Arterton from the Donmar Warehouse and Ivo van Hove’s production of HEDDA GABLER with Ruth Wilson from the NT.

  

HEDDA GABLER                                          Lyttelton Theatre

Previews from 5 December, press night 12 December, continuing in repertoire with additional performances to be announced.

Hedda Gabler

Hedda Gabler © Lea Nielson

Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free…

Ivo van Hove, one of the world’s most exciting directors, makes his National Theatre debut with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece.

In this vital new version by Patrick Marber (Three Days in the Country, The Red Lion), Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair) returns to the NT to play the title role alongside a cast which includes Chukwudi Iwuji, Kate Duchêne, Éva Magyar, Sinead Matthews and Kyle Soller. The production will have set and lighting design by Jan Versweyveld, costume design by An D’Huys and sound by Tom Gibbons.

Hedda Gabler is supported by the Williams Charitable Trust.

 

LOVE                                                              Dorfman Theatre

Previews from 6 December, press night 13 December, in repertoire until 10 January

Love

Love © David Stewart

Alexander Zeldin will direct LOVE, a co-production with Birmingham Repertory Theatre from 6 December.

In the run up to Christmas, three families are placed into cramped temporary accommodation. A middle-aged man and his elderly mum, a young family with a baby on the way, a newly arrived woman from Sunday. Strangers. Forced together. No space is personal.

This new work by Alexander Zeldin is written through a devising process with an ensemble of actors. The audience are invited to bear witness to an intimate story of family love for our times. LOVE continues this unique approach to theatre.

LOVE will be designed by Natasha Jenkins with lighting design by Marc Williams and sound design is by Josh Anio Grigg. The cast includes Emily Beacock, Darcey Brown, Anna Calder-Marshall, Luke Clarke, Grace Doherty, Janet Etuk, Nick Holder, Vitaly Outkine, Yonatan Pele’Roodner and Bobby Stallwood.

The Dorfman Partner is Neptune Investment Management.

 

THE RED BARN

The Red Barn, a new play by David Hare, based on the novel, La Main, by Georges Simenon, and directed by Robert Icke, will now run until 17 January. Elizabeth Debicki (The Night Manager and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) has joined the cast which includes Hope Davis, Michael Elwyn, Stuart Milligan, Anna Skellern, Mark Strong, Nigel Whitmey, Oliver Alvin-Wilson and Jade Yourell.

Mark Strong

Mark Strong

Produced in association with Scott Rudin. Supported by Basil Alkazzi and Myoung-Cheul Chung.

 

AMADEUS

Amadeus will now run until 26 January with further dates to be announced. The cast includes Sarah Amankwah, Hammed Animashaun, Geoffrey Beevers, Fleur de Bray, Karla Crome, Tom Edden, Adam Gillen, Matthew Hargreaves, Andrew Macbean, Alexandra Mathie, Lucian Msamati, Eamonn Mulhall, Robyn Allegra Parton, Hugh Sachs, Eleanor Sutton, Wendy Dawn Thompson, Peter Willcock.

Amadeus

Amadeus © Seamus Ryan

Amadeus is part of the Travelex £15 season with hundreds of seats at £15 for every performance. Amadeus is presented in association with Southbank Sinfonia.

 

A PACIFIST’S GUIDE TO THE WAR ON CANCER

The full cast for Bryony Kimming’s new musical A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer is Naana Agyei-Ampadu, Amy Booth-Steel, Jenny Fitzpatrick, Hal Fowler, Amanda Hadingue, Francesca Mills, Golda Rosheuvel, Max Runham, Rose Shalloo, Gareth Snook, Lottie Vallis and Gary Wood.

A PACIFIST'S GUIDE TO THE WAR ON CANCER © Christa Holka

A PACIFIST’S GUIDE TO THE WAR ON CANCER © Christa Holka

This co-production with Complicite Associates will run in the Dorfman Theatre until 29 November in association with HOME, Manchester. The book is by Bryony Kimmings and Brian Lobel, music by Tom Parkinson and lyrics by Bryony Kimmings.

The Dorfman Partner is Neptune Investment Management.

 

PETER PAN

Peter Pan will now run until 28 January with further dates to be announced. The full cast is Saikat Ahamed, Suzanne Ahmet, Marc Antolin, Benji Bower, Will Bower, Lois Chimimba, Richie Crago, Laura Cubitt, Phoebe Fildes, Ruth Hammond, Felix Hayes, Paul Hilton, John Leader, Amaka Okafor, John Pfumojena, Ekow Quartey, Jessica Temple, Sophie Thompson (Captain Hook/Mrs Darling), Dan Wheeler, Madeleine Worrall (Wendy).

Peter Pan

Peter Pan © Sam Robinson

Peter Pan is a co-production with Bristol Old Vic, devised by the Companies based on the work by J.M. Barrie.  It is directed by Sally Cookson (Jane Eyre, NT & Bristol Old Vic).  Half price tickets are available for under-18s. A relaxed performance of Peter Pan will take place on Saturday 21 January at 2pm.

 

NT IN THE WEST END

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, adapted by Simon Stephens from Mark Haddon’s best-selling book and directed by Marianne Elliott enters its fifth year in London, continuing its run at the Gielgud Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue.  Joseph Ayre leads the West End cast as Christopher Boone, with tickets currently on sale until 18 February 2017.  Its official card partner is American Express.

Curious Incident

Curious Incident

 

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