7 things you didn't know about Peter Pan

21 June 2019

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Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan, the boy who didn’t want to grow up. This was JM Barries most successful play and has entertained audiences throughout the years. When Peter Pan was written in 1904, it was almost as if Barrie who wrote the play was going out of his mind, but later was judged to be one of the greatest play writers. Peter Pan London is a very popular theatre performance.

The story begins with Peter Pan watching the Darling Children. He teaches them how to fly and they leave for Never - Never Land even though their nurse dog Nana tries to stop them. Once in Never - Never Land, Wendy becomes a motherly figure to the lost children that have taken residence in the hollow trunks of trees. 

There are different adventures including Indians and Pirates that take place. Characters such as Captain Hook and Tinkerbell play a big part in the play. The audience get involved in the play when Peter Pan asks them to believe in fairies. It ends with Wendy going home and promising to return to clean Peter’s house.

Here are 7 things you didn’t know about Peter Pan:

  • Peter Pan’s age was changed over a period of time. When Peter Pan had its first appearance in The Little White Bird, he was portrayed as a 7 day old baby. When he was portrayed in the Disney adaptation in 1953 and 2002, he is seen as a 10 and 13 year old boy.
  • In Peter Pan theatre shows, Peter Pan wasn’t always played by a male actor, the role has been played on stage as an adult woman on several occasions. The original production in the UK was played by Nina Boucicault In 1904 and later by Pauline Chase from 1906 to 1913.
  • JM Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan gave all the rights to Great Ormond Street Hospital in 1929. This means that the hospital will receive royalties whenever the production is shown in theatres. This also includes any books or products sold under the brand.
  • Tinkerbell in the original stage production was seen as a dot of light that moved around the stage. Currently in the Peter Pan theatre London, Tinkerbell is a puppet who is designed by Sur Dacre. She is also responsible for making flying puppets that soar over the audience.
  • When the original stage productions took place Peter Pan would wear tans, browns and auburns colours, but in the age of Disney, green became a preferred colour.
  • There were many lines that were cut out of the production during the First World War. They were lines such as “to die will be an awfully big adventure”. They were seen as insensitive during a time where many people were giving their lives for their country.
  • In 1904, JM Barrie needed a house that could be built quickly as the lyrics were sung. This is when the first appearance of Wendy’s house appeared on stage.

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