Peter Pan


or

The Boy Who Would Not Grow UP

A Fantasy in Five Acts

RSC

By J. M. BARRIE
Adapted by John Caird and Trevor Nunn

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.

A slightly different adaptation was made for the National Theatre Christmas seasons of 1997/8 and 1998/9.

The RSC version is published by DPS in New York.

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.

The Version

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.

For a full account of the way the adaptation was made, please refer to the essay in one of the published versions.

Creative Team

Directors - John Caird and Trevor Nunn
Designer - John Napier
Costumes - Andreane Neofitou
Lighting - David Hersey
Music - Stephen Oliver
Fights Director - Malcolm Ransom
Dance Assistant – Noelyn George
Assistant Director – Alby James
Script Assistant – Sarah Spare

Stage Manager – Caroline MacKay
Deputy Stage Manager – Stella Bond
Assistant Stage Manager – Anne Milner

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
copyright of Peter Pan was vested.

 

Peter Pan

Cast

The Storyteller – Stephen Moore

Mr Darling – Joss Ackland
Mrs Darling – Sheila Hancock
Wendy – Jane Carr
John – Philip Franks
Michael – Andrew Thomas James
Nana – Christopher Hurst
Liza – Clare Travers-Deacon

Peter Pan – Miles Anderson
Tinker Bell – Jan Revere

The Ostrich – Susan Jane Tanner & Antony Simons

Slightly – James Fleet
Tootles – Anthony O’Donnell
Nibs – Joseph Marcell
Curly – Dexter Fletcher
First Twin – Philip Walsh
Second Twin – Ken Robertson

Cecco – Steve Simmonds
Bill Jukes – Andrew Jarvis
Cookson – Brian Poyser
Gentleman Starkey – Colin Tarrant
Skylights – Stewart Mackintosh
Smee – George Raistrick
Noodler – Gary Sharkey
Robert Mullins – Peter Ellis

Captain James Hook – Joss Ackland

The Crocodile – Andrew Jarvis & Steve Simmonds

Great Big Little Panther – Mike Murray
Tiger Lily – Seeta Indrani
The Piccanninny Tribe – Sarah Finch, Noelyn George, Michael Gyngell, Tom Hunsinger, Christopher Hurst, Susan Leong, Antony Simons, Jan Revere, Susan Jane Tanner, Clare Travers-Deacon

The Mermaids – Sarah Finch, Noelyn George, Susan Leong, Jan Revere, Susan Jane Tanner
The Never Bird – Noelyn George

Chay Turley – Michael Gyngell
George Scourie – Tom Hunsinger
Wibbles – Christopher Hurst
Alsatian Fogerty – Mike Murray
Canary Robb – Antony Simons

Jane – Sarah Finch

Musicians

Musical 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