The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up
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.
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.
|Directors||John Caird and Trevor Nunn|
|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.|
|The Storyteller||Stephen Moore|
|Mr Darling||Joss Ackland|
|Mrs Darling||Sheila Hancock|
|Michael||Andrew Thomas James|
|Peter Pan||Miles Anderson|
|Tinker Bell||Jan Revere|
|The Ostrich||Susan Jane Tanner & Antony Simons|
|First Twin||Philip Walsh|
|Second Twin||Ken Robertson|
|Bill Jukes||Andrew Jarvis|
|Gentleman Starkey||Colin Tarrant|
|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|
|Alsatian Fogerty||Mike Murray|
|Canary Robb||Antony Simons|
|Musical Director/Piano/Synthesiser||Nigel Hess|
|Trumpets||Peter Cameron/Roderick Tearle|
|Horns||Duncan Hollowood/Brian Newman|
|Percussion||Tony McVey/Peter Washtell|