Christmas 2021

Directed by Adam Nichols | Presented by OVO

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, Peter invites Wendy to fly away with him to Neverland – a mystical world of mischievous lost children and boundless dreams, far beyond her urban reality.

But there’s danger lurking – it’s also a place of malicious mermaids, feisty fairies, fearsome female warriors and the vengeful and devious pirate Captain Hook. As well as a very hungry crocodile…

Can Wendy defeat them to save her new-found friends?

OVO makes its debut at the Alban Arena with a musical version of J.M.Barrie’s classic, much loved play, told with our customary irreverence and wit.

With lashings of magic, mischief, music and make-believe – and just a little sprinkle of fairy dust – Peter Pan will be the most thrilling theatrical treat this Spring.

£1 from every ticket purchased will be donated to Great Ormond Street Hospital, helping to support children’s healthcare and the efforts to find new and better ways to treat childhood illnesses.

The Alban Arena has been reconfigured to ensure a safe and socially distanced experience. Normal capacity has been reduced to 40% which means that tickets are limited and likely to sell out fast.

Presented by arrangement with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Concord Theatricals Ltd.

This production was originally performed from 11th – 18th December 2020.

Running time: 

2 hours plus a 20 minute interval

Tickets on sale soon

Reviews

Seen and Heard

“A timeless tale with music and dance brings live theatre back to St Albans at the time we need it most.”

“It really isn’t for the very young but for those young at heart – and in need of some escape from these dispiriting times.”

“OVO is an extraordinary company and everyone is so multi-talented as actors, singers, dancers, and frequently musicians with a variety of instruments being played during the show.”

“A high energy and very sophisticated performance.”

“There is much inventive modern choreography throughout the show; influences include Stomp, Diversity, and one hilarious moment of Riverdance from Smee, Hook’s loyal first mate.”

“Much fun is had by all but there is no real fairy-tale ‘happy ending’ as we get the tear-jerking epilogue. Only the hardest of hearts will not be moved by the poignancy of the ending.”

“Felipe Pacheco is an acrobatic and whirling dervish Peter Pan, with Flora Squires as an engaging and caring Wendy. There is a particularly good dynamic between the two of them.”

“The enthusiasm of all concerned – who are lucky to be back doing what they love – is infectious. I cannot recommend it highly enough.”

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The Stage

“Flora Squires shines as the gentle, nurturing Wendy and impresses with some powerful vocals.”

“Matthew Parker’s Nana is a favourite among younger audience members.”

“There are some skilful acrobatics from Felipe Pacheco as Peter Pan and the wire-flying sequences are charming.”

“The live music furnishes the production with a level of sophistication, the actors showcasing their various talents by ducking off stage between roles and picking up an accordion, saxophone or a pair of drum sticks.”

“During such an unpredictable time for theatre, OVO’s Peter Pan is a welcome tonic.”

Sardines

“My expectations are high and I’m not disappointed.”

“I can confidently say Felipe Pacheco gives the best version of Peter I’ve witnessed. I actually believe he is truly Peter Pan and not an actor at all.”

“I could listen to Flora Squires sing all evening. She provides warmth and heart to the production.”

“Anna Franklin’s vocal performance is a pleasure to the ears.”

“The musical moments are enjoyable, showcase the talented cast and brings a natural, authentic feel to the performance.”

“A grown up version, focusing on the relationships and feelings of the characters, making me see the characters in a new light.

Cast

Luke Adamson

Tootles

Marcus Churchill

George Darling /
Captain Hook

Tom Cagnoni

Ensemble

Hannah Francis-Baker

Nibs

Anna Franklin

Narrator

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Paula Gilmour

Liza / Tinker Bell /
Cecco / Jane

James Keningale

Twin 1

Rosa Lennox

Twin 2

Felipe Pacheco

Peter Pan

Matthew Parker

Nana / Smee

Will Pattle

Michael Darling

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Jack Reitman

Slightly

Zak Robinson

John Darling

Jo Servi

Gentleman Starkey

Flora Squires

Wendy Darling

Emma Wright

Mary Darling / Tiger Lily

Creative Team

Director and Producer / Adam Nichols
Assistant Producer / Emma Wright
Musical Director / Tom Cagnoni
Assistant Musical Directors / Hannah Francis-Baker, Rosa Lennox
Movement Directors / Amy Connery, Stephanie Jones
Movement Captains / Luke Adamson, Jack Reitman
Script Advisor / Sophie Swithinbank
Set Designer / Simon Nicholas
Carpenter / Vince McLoughlin
Lighting Designer / Adam Bottomley
Sound Designer / Nat Casey
Sound Assistant / Michael Bird
 

 

Flying / Blue Chilli

Costume Designer / Kate Unwin
Wardrobe Supervisors / Melody Tatania Wood, Lizzie Thomson
Scenic Dresser / Delga Martineau
Production and Stage Manager / Lee Harvey
Deputy Stage Manager / Sarah Cash
Assistant Stage Managers / Becky BrownHonor Klein
Trainee Stage Manager / Lauren Hitchen
Graphic Designer / Adam Nichols
Publicist / Judy Lipsey
Marketing / Effloresce
Front of House Manager / Liz Widdowson

Original music by Tomasso Cagnoni

Also featuring | Build a Home – The Cinematic Orchestra | I Can See Clearly Now – The Hothouse Flowers | Brutal Hearts – Bedouin Soundclash
Wonderful Life – Katie Melua | Suddenly I See – KT Tunstall | The Home Song – The Peter Pan Company