From Wonderland to Neverland to Theatreland
It’s the start of a new year and the office is abrim with optimistic resolutions. Sophie is leading the charge with her post covering exercise (a 10k race on the horizon), self-improvement (more poetry reading) and social (more live music ). Similarly, among my let’s-see-how-long-this-lasts resolutions is to see more theatre in 2013. Working in central London I really should take advantage of what’s on more often. There, lecture to self over.
So, while browsing the Guardian‘s 2013 theatre preview my eye was caught by details of Peter and Alice, starring recent Skyfall actors Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw. Their names are a big enough draw for me, but that they will play the real-life inspirations to Lewis Carroll and JM Barrie, Alice Liddell Hargreaves and Peter Llewelyn Davies, adds another dimension. The production is part of a season of plays at the Noël Coward Theatre, which will also see Jude Law as Henry V, and Sheridan Smith and David Walliams in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and there are £10 tickets for the budget-conscious, see www.michaelgrandagecompany.com.
The blurb for the Peter and Alice production outlines it as follows:
When Alice Liddell Hargreaves met Peter Llewelyn Davies at the opening of a Lewis Carroll exhibition in 1932, the original Alice in Wonderland came face to face with the original Peter Pan. In John Logan’s remarkable new play, enchantment and reality collide as this brief encounter lays bare the lives of these two extraordinary characters.
So far, so intriguing. It will be interesting to see John Logan’s interpretation of their lives under the influence / cloud of their literary connections.
Is there anything you’re looking forward to seeing this year?
Lesley Crooks, Sales & Digital Manager