The musical, from the creators of the Olivier Award-winning Honk!, premiered at the Festival Hall in April 2001 in a one-off concert performance which starred the late John Thaw and his wife Sheila Hancock. The new, recast and fully-staged production will be directed by Ian Talbot, artistic director of the Open Air Theatre's New Shakespeare Company, and accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Set in Neverland, a place where boys never grow up, Peter Pan tells of a magical world inhabited by fairies and pirates, including the evil Captain Hook from whom Peter has to save Wendy and the Lost Boys.
As an actor, Wilson, who plays Captain Hook, is best known as Victor Meldrew in the long-running TV comedy One Foot in the Grave. His stage directing credits include, at the Royal Court, Where Do We Live and Mr Kolpert for which he won the Barclays/TMA Best Director award.
The musical, based on the original play by JM Barrie, has a book by Willis Hall with music and lyrics by Stiles and Drewe. The new production is designed by Will Bowen with costumes by Changing Rooms' Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. It's presented by Imagination Entertainments and Raymond Gubbay with the Festival Hall. Further casting is expected shortly.
- by Terri Paddock