from an original work by J.M. Barrie
Ella Hickson's version of J.M. Barrie's much-loved story puts the character of Wendy firmly centre stage and is thoroughly modern in tone, but retains much of the detail of Barrie's original play and subsequent novel. It was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and first performed in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, on 10 December 2013. It was revived by the company in this revised version on 17 November 2015.
The play opens in the winter of 1908 in the children's nursery of the Darling family in London. When Wendy's youngest brother, Tom, dies of a fever, the family are consumed by grief. Wendy becomes convinced that her 'lost' brother is in a place called Neverland, and sets off with the mischievous Peter Pan and her two other brothers – Michael and John – to bring him back. Once in Neverland, Peter Pan proves unable to protect Wendy from the assaults of her female rivals: a fairy called Tink, and the surly Tiger Lily. But the three girls eventually bond and become infinitely more effective than Peter in defeating the villainous Captain Hook.
The premiere production was directed by Jonathan Munby and designed by Colin Richmond. It was performed by Fiona Button (as Wendy), Jolyon Coy, Brodie Ross, Colin Ryan, Rebecca Johnson, Andrew Woodall, Arthur Kyeyune, Sam Swann (as Peter Pan), Charlotte Mills (as Tink), Josh Williams, Jack Monaghan, Dafydd Llyr Thomas, Will Merrick, Guy Henry (as Captain Hook), Gregory Gudgeon, Guy Rhys, Richard Clews, Dodger Phillips, Andrew Woodall, Jamie Wilkes, Michelle Asante (as Tiger Lily), Simon Carroll-Jones, Matt Costain, Susan Hingley, Emily Holt and Jack Horner.
The 2015 revival (with the same director) was performed by Simon Carroll-Jones, Cavan Clarke, Sam Clemmett, James Corrigan, Darrell D’Silva (as Captain Hook), Mariah Gale (as Wendy), Adam Gillen, Susan Hingley, Jack Horner, Rebecca Johnson, Paul Kemp, Arthur Kyeyune, David Langham, Douggie McMeekin, Jordan Metcalfe, Charlotte Mills (as Tink), Mimi Ndiweni (as Tiger Lily), Dodger Phillips, Laura Prior, Rhys Rusbatch (as Peter Pan), Patrick Toomey, Harry Waller, Lawrence Walker, Jay Webb and Dan Wheeler.