Review Round-up: Did Peter Fly or Get Panned?
The new version, adapted by Tanya Ronder, is designed by CGI specialist William Dudley, who makes extensive use of video projection to give the famous flight to Neverland a wholly 21st-century spin. Former Almeida associate director and site-specific specialist Ben Harrison directs a cast led by Ciaran Kellgren and Abby Ford as Peter and Wendy, Jonathan Hyde as Captain Hook and Spaniard Itxaso Moreno as Tinkerbell.
Critical opinion varied. Whatsonstage.com's Michael Coveney was among the production's strongest supporters, proclaiming Dudley's designs “thrilling” and Kellgren and Ford “as strong a Peter and Wendy as any in living memory”. Others weren't so impressed, notably the Guardian's Michael Billington who labelled it a “charmless spectacular extravaganza” and accused adaptor Ronder of transforming Tinkerbell into a “puckish scruff in a fluffy tutu”. But in general his colleagues seemed to enjoy themselves, with the elaborate stage effects predictably stealing the show.