National Theatre - Olivier
National Theatre, Upper Ground
London, SE1 9PX
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Opened: 24 Nov 2016
Booking from: 03 Feb 2017
Booking until: 04 Feb 2017
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (including an interval)
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  • fifilou 5"7 female 175 reviews 2 helpful votes
    80% total rating Peter Pan, 28th January 2017
    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!
    Sat in Stalls C11
    This seat was brilliant value for money. It was close to the stage and on the same level (rows b and a looked as though you would be looking up at the performance - especially row a). I could see the tiniest details in the set and enjoy every reaction from the cast. It was an aisle seat which meant that whilst the legroom was restricted a little by the seat in front I was able to stretch out into the aisle. The chairs are fairly comfortable but the selling point of this seat would be the view.
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    View from Stalls C11
  • christierney777 5"9 male 90 reviews 1 helpful vote
    100% total rating Peter Pan, 23rd November 2016
    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.
    Sat in Circle F20
    The Olivier Theatre is one of the most modern theatres I have ever seen. The theatre felt modern, with seats and full access to Legroom.
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  • helenkeegan 5' 3" female 38 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating Peter Pan, 4th February 2017
    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.
    Sat in Circle E71
    It's quite high up but I could see all of the stage comfortably. There was enough legroom for me and my largish handbag. Great raking so no-one's head can block your view!
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    View from Circle E71
  • shaun 5"10 male 45 reviews 2 helpful votes
    80% total rating Peter Pan, 20th December 2016
    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.
    Sat in Stalls B15
    Perfect view of the low stage and very near the front, can clearly see all of the action and although the seat is a bit to the right-hand side, it does not feel very side on due to the wide and open layout. There is really not much legroom however so not the best of seats if you are tall. Also, the seats have quite low backs and aren’t the most comfortable ever, however I think this is the case throughout most of the Stalls.
As quite a contemporary theatre, you can generally experience good views of the stage throughout the Stalls in the Olivier Theatre at the National. The layout is one of wide sweeping rows, that is generally well raked and without obstruction. Seats at the very back and front of the Stalls can provide good value for money, and often it is a personal preference between those who love to be immersed in the action, to those who enjoy an all-encompassing view of the large stage.

The Circle can also give good views throughout, however ends of the rows can sometimes be obstructed by technical equipment.
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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.
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+