8 things you didn't know about Neverland

27 August 2019

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The story of Peter Pan begins in the Darling home; one night Mrs Darling sees the glimpse of a boy at the window, he leaves in a hurry leaving his shadow behind. Mrs Darling rolls up the shadow and puts it in the draw so the boy will have to come back to retrieve the shadow.

Mr and Mrs Darling go out for the night leaving the maid with the children who looks in on them occasionally. After everyone is asleep, Peter pan returns to retrieve his shadow. He is accompanied by a fairy called Tinkerbell. Peter Pan looks for his shadow and finds it in one of the drawers.

Peter tries to get his shadow to stick to his body but is unable to; he makes too much noise and one of the children called Wendy wakes up. He explains to her that he ran away the day he was born because he overheard his parents talking about all the things he will do when he is older. Peter invites Wendy and her brothers to Neverland for an adventure to meet all the residents. He tells Wendy all about the lost boys, Captain Hook and the Pirates.

Here are some things you didn’t know about Neverland:

  1. Peter Pan was originally a play, it was a product of unique imagination. The first stage version opened in London 1904. Barrie adapted it later as a novel which was published in 1911 as Peter and Wendy.
  2. The Peter Pan theatre London performance was given to Great Ormond Street Hospital. JM Barrie gave all the rights to the hospital, he requested that the hospital shouldn’t disclose how much money is raised from Peter Pan and the hospital has always honoured this.
  3. The Peter Pan and Neverland concept was based on Barrie’s older Brother, David, who died in an ice skating accident the day before his 14th birthday. He was known by Barrie and his mother as the boy who would never grow up.
  4. In the original play Captain Hook’s last words were “Floreat Etona” which means may Eton Flourish. To this day it is hard to put your finger on who Captain Hook’s character is based on. In a lecture Barrie explained how he is unable to disclose the identity because it was based on someone of great importance.
  5. Before the Peter Pan Theatre performance Wendy was actually a boy’s name before Barrie made it popular.  It became more popular as the popularity of Peter Pan London grew.
  6. Neverland doesn’t actually stop the aging process. Peter Pan leads a group of boys who refuse to grow up but he is the only one to achieve this. In the novel the boys don’t stop aging but age slower.
  7. There are a few debates about how old Peter pan is, the oldest he ever appears to be is thirteen years old. The novel states that he still has all his baby teeth.
  8. Captain Hook’s conflict with the crocodile that ate his arm is inspired by Captain Ahab’s conflict with Moby Dick.

Do the kids love Peter Pan? Want to see Peter Pan in theatre near you? Check out peter pan who sets sail to a big adventure to the Neverland live in London theatre. Book your tickets for this adventure play now!