Peter Pan at National Theatre - Olivier tickets
Peter Pan at National Theatre - Olivier tickets

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Overview

Peter Pan is one of the nation’s most loved stories, being performed year after year as a Christmas classic. During the festive season in 2016, JM Barrie’s timeless classic came to the National Theatre stage in an acclaimed production that had already sold out the British Old Vic in a spectacular run.

It is very well known that all children grow up… except one. Peter Pan will once again take flight this Christmas. The tale follows Peter, leader of his gang of Lost Boys who manages to lose his shadow during a visit to London. After the headstrong Wendy helps him re-attach his shadow, she is invited back to Neverland in return. Little does she know about Tinker Bell the fair, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await.

Anna Francolini, best known for her recently acclaimed performance as Ms Manxome in Damon Albarn's musical Wonder.Land as well as her TV work in series such as Rome, starred in he role of Captain Hook.

Madeleine Worrall took the role of Wendy. Worrall had recently played the lead in the National Theatre production of Jayne Ayre as well as being known for her previous roles in Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya. She also had recently played the villain in the 2014 box office smash hit movie Paddington.

Sally Cookson brought this incredibly imaginative version of Peter Pan to the National Theatre after a sell-out run at the Bristol Old Vic. Cookson is an acclaimed director who has previously seen great success at the National Theatre with her production of Jane Eyre as well as other West End plays such as Stick Man and Hetty Feather.

Peter Pan beautifully explored the pains of growing up in a performance that is a riot of mischief, magic, music and make-believe. The play was a perfect family theatre treat during Christmas, being recommended for children aged seven years and older.

Peter Pan at the National Theatre’s Olivier Theatre began performances on 16th November 2016, with an official opening on 2nd December, and the play ran through Christmas up until 4th February 2016.

Recommended for

Peter Pan at the National Theatre is a beautifully mischievous and magical retelling of an enchanting story that has kept countless generations enraptured since JM Barrie’s original. A firm Christmas favourite, this offers the perfect opportunity for any family to experience some brilliant theatre this festive season, without having to endure yet another pantomime.

Age Recommendations: Suitable for ages 7+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 24 Nov 2016
Press night: 02 Dec 2016
Booking from: 03 Feb 2017
Booking until: 04 Feb 2017

Location and map

National Theatre - Olivier
National Theatre, Upper Ground
London, SE1 9PX

20 Reviews Add review

This was such a different and interesting way to re-tell the story of Peter Pan. I loved that all the actors where adults. I loved... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 2 helpful votes

This was such a different and interesting way to re-tell the story of Peter Pan. I loved that all the actors where adults. I loved the diversity in the story and the characters and the hilarity that brought. The set was exceptional especially Act 2. The technicality of the flights was brilliant and I loved the fact that all the staging was visible so you could see how the production was running. The revolve in the stage was just unbelievable too. I enjoyed the performance a lot and would recommend it but I would say it seemed like this was maybe pushing Peter Pan onto an older audience!

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 2 helpful votes

The visual effects of this standalone piece of theatre were mind blowing. The incredible use of Bungee Cords and Weight Shifting t... More

christierney777 5"9, 101 reviews, 1 helpful vote

The visual effects of this standalone piece of theatre were mind blowing. The incredible use of Bungee Cords and Weight Shifting to create the effect of flying was something I never expected to see before my eyes and a true spectacle to watch. This fabulous cast made me laugh, cry and feel part of the story equally. Ekow Quartey as Nana was possibly the best part of the entire performance. The puppetry used in this show was nothing short of sheer beauty, my personal favourite puppet was Peter's Shadow. Sally Cookson has directed an amazing piece of theatre for all ages to enjoy.

christierney777 5"9, 101 reviews, 1 helpful vote

A fabulous show - such energy and imagination has gone into this. It's a retelling of the original story but the key themes and sc... More

helenkeegan 5' 3", 38 reviews, 0 helpful votes

A fabulous show - such energy and imagination has gone into this. It's a retelling of the original story but the key themes and script remain intact. The more urban feel to the setting works really well to bring this up to date for modern audiences. And I loved Captain Hook! That was a great twist. Highly recommend.

helenkeegan 5' 3", 38 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The National Theatre production of Peter Pan is a very well done retelling of a festive theatre staple. Everything is presented in... More

shaun 5"10, 59 reviews, 2 helpful votes

The National Theatre production of Peter Pan is a very well done retelling of a festive theatre staple. Everything is presented in a very self-aware way from seeing the magnificent work done by the stage hands who work as counterweights during flying scenes to the makeshift feel of the set and costume design. It’s funny in places and the musical interludes work well and don’t feel particularly crowbarred in. Despite this though it is still only a very good production and nothing particularly that groundbreaking.

shaun 5"10, 59 reviews, 2 helpful votes

SALLY COOKSON IS A GENIUS!!! I've adored her work and her style of work for a couple of years now. The way she can bring a story, ... More

ollielintott 5"10, 39 reviews, 0 helpful votes

SALLY COOKSON IS A GENIUS!!! I've adored her work and her style of work for a couple of years now. The way she can bring a story, that's near and dear to my heart, alive in a completely different way just blows me away overtime. Can't wait for her production of Jane Eyre to come back to the National Theatre again this year.

ollielintott 5"10, 39 reviews, 0 helpful votes

As it was a relaxed performance, there was a lot of noise from the people around (especially those in front of me who had to write... More

isabellafinn 164, 11 reviews, 0 helpful votes

As it was a relaxed performance, there was a lot of noise from the people around (especially those in front of me who had to write to someone on the phone), but the show was great. The humour, the flying, everything was good

isabellafinn 164, 11 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Peter Pan. Absolutely joyful. Nice and cute play.

gennadiimiroshnikov 178, 64 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Peter Pan. Absolutely joyful. Nice and cute play.

gennadiimiroshnikov 178, 64 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I saw Peter Pen. Great show, amazing acting.

gennadiimiroshnikov 178, 64 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I saw Peter Pen. Great show, amazing acting.

gennadiimiroshnikov 178, 64 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Fantastic Peter Pan for children as well as adult with some dark twists. Amazing stage design. Such a joy!

ohmrli 34 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Fantastic Peter Pan for children as well as adult with some dark twists. Amazing stage design. Such a joy!

ohmrli 34 reviews, 0 helpful votes
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