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Peter Pan / Re: Peter Pan at the National Theatre 2016
« Last post by Dani1923 on January 15, 2021, 09:09:58 PM »
I really hope I can see the recording of it one day!

Also Andrew, just so you know, the actress who played Mrs Darling/Hook is named Anna Francolini.
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Peter Pan / Re: Peter Pan at the National Theatre 2016
« Last post by Brutus on January 15, 2021, 05:54:41 PM »
I saw Sally Cook's adaptation when it premiered at the Old Vic Theatre in Bristol two years before it came to the National Theatre. In that first production, Hook wasn't played by a woman but the actor who did was great. I also enjoyed it a lot - like Andrew said, more for the joyful spirit than anything else. My only criticism was Nana: she was played by a big burly man dressed as a woman dressed as a dog. It was too close to a panto dame and it jarred. I don't know whether they did the same at the NT.

I had my ticket for the National Theatre show, but I couldn't go at the last minute as I fell ill with flu. I was very sorry to miss it.
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Peter Pan / Re: Peter Pan at the National Theatre 2016
« Last post by andrew on January 15, 2021, 05:23:49 PM »
The NT filmed it and distributed it for one day only to UK cinemas, so it definitely exists. It was brilliant - totally irreverent with the letter of the law - aka the text - but miraculously faithful to the spirit, and that's what matters, in my not-so-humble opinion. The prelude to the Pirate Ship scene was spine-chilling... Hook (played by whoever played Mrs Darling) stripped down to her bra and knickers, delivering her soliloquy while the obsequious Smee gradually dresses her in full pirate kit -- do not go to your graves without seeing it!
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Peter Pan / Re: Peter Pan at the National Theatre 2016
« Last post by Hannah Grippo on January 15, 2021, 03:49:54 PM »
A teacher? I hope I can order one for my students when we study Peter Pan. That won't be for awhile though. Hope it's still available.
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Peter Pan / Re: Peter Pan at the National Theatre 2016
« Last post by Dani1923 on January 15, 2021, 02:07:12 PM »
Oh wow! If youíre giving it such glowing reviews, I definitely need to check it out!
Iíve just been trying to see if thereís a DVD to purchase or a full-version of the play online, but unfortunately for me, the only way to get a filmed version of the play is to be a teacher and use it for educational purposes.
Iíll just to have to make do with watching the clips of it that are available and hope that someone sells a DVD of it someday!
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Peter Pan / Re: Peter Pan at the National Theatre 2016
« Last post by andrew on January 15, 2021, 06:24:36 AM »
Yes, I saw it Ė and thought it brilliant, by far the best Peter Pan Iíve ever seen. I met with Sally Cook and the cast several times, and wrote the blurb for their program. Not that I would take any credit for the production Ė it was entirely hers.
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Peter Pan / Peter Pan at the National Theatre 2016
« Last post by Dani1923 on January 14, 2021, 04:52:43 AM »
I just read about a production of Peter Pan that happened in 2016 at the National Theatre that double casted Captain Hook with Mrs. Darling! I had thought Andrew was the only one to do this with his production!
I tried to search for posts of anyone talking about this production, but couldnít find any. So did anyone here see it? What did you think? Do you think they did the Hook/Mrs. Darling double casting right? Iím very curious!
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Davies Family / Re: The Morgue
« Last post by andrew on January 13, 2021, 08:53:04 PM »
What a lovely response, that makes all the effort worthwhile. I often wonder what Peter would think if he could see me, 60 years on, not only trnscrib8ing his Morgue (against his wishes?) but adding the odd letter or whatever that evaded his grasp at the time. But for all its sadness, I find his Morgue as inspirational as it is melancholic. Arthur's death - and Sylvia's to come, and George's too - they all take death in their stride, embracing Browning's Prospice in a way that Peter either couldn't or wouldn't ...

Fear death?óto feel the fog in my throat,
The mist in my face,
When the snows begin, and the blasts denote
I am nearing the place,
The power of the night, the press of the storm,
The post of the foe;
Where he stands, the Arch Fear in a visible form ...

But thanks so much for your words and encouragement. I'm currently up to 1909 with the Morgue, but have just found a a dozen letters from JMB to Dolly P that belong in the previous upload, and have spent the evening transcribing them -while playing Scrabble with my brood here in the wilds of north Wales ...

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Davies Family / The Morgue
« Last post by ecb on January 13, 2021, 07:28:18 PM »
I just finished the first two sections of Peter's Morgue with his annotations and comments- right up to to Arthur's death.  Thank you so much for uploading this Andrew.  What a sad story and how perfectly the letters and comments bring their world and the people in it to life.  And thank you Peter - although I know it cost you tremendously to do this.
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General topic / Re: Napoleon Script
« Last post by Dani1923 on January 13, 2021, 12:10:43 AM »
Oh, how interesting! Iím sorry your script wasnít made!
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