Peter Pan at Troubadour White City.
The face of White City has changed over the past few years. The latest addition to this exciting new development is Troubadour White City Theatre, which opens in White City Place, in the former BBC Media Village in West London this summer. Troubadour Theatres specialises in the creation of temporary and semi-permanent theatre venues – utilising spaces which would otherwise be empty, derelict or unused. The venue will consist of two fully flexible spaces including a 1,200 fully flexible theatre and an 800-seat multi-purpose state-of-the-art theatre. This new venture will be bringing full-scale theatre productions, like Peter Pan, to this area of West London, just minutes away from Westfield for the first time.
They are opening their doors with an awfully big adventure, with a magnificent production of JM Barrie’s Peter Pan, which was first shown at the Bristol Old Vic in 2012, and reconceived at the National Theatre in 2016. Devised by the companies and directed by Olivier Award-winner Sally Cookson (Jane Eyre, A Monster Calls), the production features innovative aerial acrobatics and live music from an on-stage band.
Peter Pan is presented by special arrangement with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Samuel French Ltd.
Sally Cookson’s wondrously inventive Peter Pan is a funny and moving version of a much-loved story for audiences of all ages. I was lucky enough to see this enchanting production at the National Theatre, and I can’t recommend it enough…. it’s bursting with magic, mischief, music and make-believe.
Everyone’s favourite childhood story tells the tale of when the leader of the Lost Boys, Peter Pan, loses his shadow during a visit to London, headstrong Wendy helps him re-attach it. In return, she is invited to Neverland – where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await.
John Pfumojena, who played Michael Darling in the 2016 production at the NT will be returning as Peter Pan alongside Daisy Maywood as Wendy Darling and Kelly Price as Captain Hook, who also plays Mrs Darling.
They are joined by: Greg Bernstein (Ensemble), Matthew Churcher (Ensemble), Raffaella Covino (Swing & Dance Captain), Josh Donovan (Swing), Ammar Duffus (Michael Darling/Pirate), Jemma Geanaus (Swing), Philippa Hogg (Ensemble), Mark Kane (Nana/Tootles/Pirate), Richard Kent (Ensemble), Cora Kirk (Jane/Nibs/Pirate), David Langham (Mr Darling/Smee/Lost Boy (Twin Two)), Nadine Lee (Band), Iniki Mariano (Ensemble), Harry Miller (Band), Jessica Murrain (Tiger Lily/Slightly/Pirate), Loren O’Dair (Twin One/Pirate/Ensemble), Miles Paloma (Swing), Luke Potter (Band), Shiv Rabheru (Tinkerbell/Curly/Pirate), Jools Scott (Band) and Alistair Toovey (John Darling/Pirate).
This magnificently rich production of Peter Pan genuinely speaks to all ages and will touch the hearts of most. Perfect for entertaining all the family over the long summer holidays.
So head to White City Theatre and catch Peter Pan before he flies, I can vouch for its charm, virtuosity and innovation.
This is one adventure not to be missed this summer!
Troubadour White City Theatre
London, W12 7TS
20 July – 27 October
Tickets from £18
Evening performances at 7.30pm Tuesday – Saturday (with an additional performance on Monday 22 July).
Matinees at 2 pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
Check websites for the full performance schedule.
Book via The National Theatre website, or by phone 020 7452 3000
or at the Troubadour Theatre Box Office: 0844 815 4866*
* cost 7p per minute, plus your standard network rate.