Wendy and Peter Pan
Royal Shakespeare Theatre,
Stratford upon Avon
Until March 2
Review by John Hardeman
Tickets: 0844 800 1110 or via rsc.org.uk
This seasonal entertainment should establish itself as one of the RSC’s more memora-ble family offerings being an absorbing adaptation of J M Barrie’s 1902 story about the adventures of a mischievous boy who never wants to grow up.
Jonathan Munby presents, in a little under three hours, a magical interpretation of Ella Hickson’s re-writ really comes alive after the interval with the spectacular, and ac-tion-packed, arrival of Captain Hook’s pirate ship, much fly-ing, and some thrilling sword fights.
The production has all-round appeal although young-er patrons may find its early dialogue somewhat laborious before there is some compen-sation in lively stage activity later on.
There is a large cast that shows considerable athleti-cism in many of the scenes but the star is the experienced Fiona Button, who plays a de-lightful and concerned Wendy who eventually outwits Guy Henry’s rumbustious Cap-tain Hook.
Enjoy the production with-out attempting to understand any deeper meanings behind Barrie’s work.