J. M. BARRIE
This was a new adaptation for the Royal Shakespeare Company based on a wide variety of J. M. Barrie’s original source material. It was first performed at the Barbican Theatre on 11 December 1982 and ran through the Christmas season until 22 January 1983.
It was subsequently revived for the RSC Christmas seasons of 1983/4 and 1984/5.
The NT version was published by Methuen in England.
American or Canadian producers or theatre companies wishing to produce this version of Peter Pan should apply for the rights to DPS in New York. All other enquiries concerning all other territories should be made to Michael McCoy at Independent Talent Group.
This production was the first time the part of Peter had ever been played by a male actor - the other children’s roles all being played by adults. Up until then the part had always been played by an adult actress with the other children’s roles being played by a mix of adults and children. Thus one of the greatest dramatic love stories ever written had degenerated into a grim annual pantomime, so far from Barrie’s original intention he would have wept to see it.
Directors - John Caird and Trevor Nunn
Stage Manager – Caroline MacKay
The Adapters and Directors were greatly indebted to Andrew Birkin, the world authority on Peter Pan, for his invaluable help with the text.
The production was sponsored by James M. Nederlander and presented in association with the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, in whom the
The Storyteller – Stephen Moore
Mr Darling – Joss Ackland
Peter Pan – Miles Anderson
The Ostrich – Susan Jane Tanner & Antony Simons
Slightly – James Fleet
Cecco – Steve Simmonds
Captain James Hook – Joss Ackland
The Crocodile – Andrew Jarvis & Steve Simmonds
Great Big Little Panther – Mike Murray
The Mermaids – Sarah Finch, Noelyn George, Susan Leong, Jan Revere, Susan Jane Tanner
Chay Turley – Michael Gyngell
Jane – Sarah Finch
MusiciansMusical Director/Piano/Synthesiser – Nigel Hess
Trumpets – Peter Cameron/Roderick Tearle
Horns – Duncan Hollowood/Brian Newman
Trombone – David Hissey
Flute – Christopher Lacey
Clarinet – Victor Slaymark
Bassoon – Peter Whittaker
Percussion – Tony McVey/Peter Washtell