On Friday night I had the absolute pleasure of watching the superb Peter & Alice at the Noel Coward Theatre.
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.
From the moment Peter comes on stage, the audience were captivated. Once Alice came on stage, they were hooked. What followed was 90 minutes of theatre at it’s very best. The stage set was excellent in it’s apparent simplicity and beauty, the way the show was put together was great, and the entire thing flowed spectacularly. The writing and the plot were as good as any I’ve ever read, and the acting was a excellent as any I’ve seen.
Stefano Braschi, Ruby Bentall, Derek Riddell and Nicholas Farrell all gave strong performances, and Olly Alexander was great as Peter Pan. Dame Judi Dench was brilliant as Alice Hargreaves, showing off her wonderful talent, and giving a masterclass to the audience. The outstanding performer, from me, was Ben Whishaw as Peter Llewellyn Davies, who gave an emotional and moving performance, giving a masterclass of his own.
The show was an absolute joy to watch, and if any of you get the chance to go and see it, you should certainly take it. Seek it out and savour it for the spectacle that it is.
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