An ingenious new adaptation featuring aerialists, award-winning actors and a former lion tamer is flying into Staffordshire this Christmas, as the New Vic sprinkles some fairy dust over J M Barrie’s Peter Pan.
Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the author’s birthday, New Vic Artistic Director and dramatist, Theresa Heskins, returns to Barrie’s original play to recreate the magic of the beloved children’s classic.
In planning for over a year, the premiere will also bring a unique in-the-round approach to one of Peter Pan’s biggest boasts ““ flying. Dazzling aerial sequences and mid-air swashbuckling are being realised thanks to a team of circus performers, aerialists and the talents of ex-tiger tamer and aerial consultant, Vicki Amedume.
“It’s hugely exciting to be able to bring J M Barrie’s magical story to life on stage ““ and the space above our heads!
“Last summer, Vicki taught us how to fly for our production of The Wicked Lady. Immediately afterwards we teamed up again to plan our biggest adventure yet ““ Peter Pan.
“We are really letting our imaginations run riot on a play we’ve always thought couldn’t be done in the New Vic auditorium.”
A cast of 13 performers features Hollyoaks’ Andonis James Anthony as Hook, Northern Broadsides and New Vic favourite Michael Hugo (The Canterbury Tales) as Peter Pan, award-winning actor Amy Loughton (Nation, National Theatre) as Wendy, and aerialist Ali Robbins as Tinker Bell, whose credits include tours with the Spice Girls and Ringo Starr.
The creative team includes the talents of award-winning TV and film composer James Atherton, Leek’s TMA award-winning designer Daniella Beattie (Best Lighting Design, 2009), and director and dramatist Theresa, whose adaptation of Wives and Daughters is due to air on Radio Four’s Women’s Hour at the end of November.
Peter Pan runs from Sat 22 November 2010 ““ Sat 22 January 2011. Tickets, which cost £8.50 ““ £18.50 (Family-of-four ticket £54.00), can be booked by calling the New Vic’s Box Office on 01782 717962 or online at www.newvictheatre.org.uk.