Wendy and Peter Pan at The Royal Lyceum Edinburgh: An appreciation.


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I suppose my expectations were neutral on this one.

It’s tried and it’s tested.  It’s Peter Pan.

But in my experience it has never been this good.

It’s the feminist retake on the Peter Pan story with Wendy taking the lead, although in my view it’s more ensemble than star vehicle.

It’s quite strongly marketed as the feminist side of the story but I didn’t feel in any way male-ostracised.

There are two stars.  Writer Ella Hickson (my God what a script) and designer Max Johns (my God what a set – and costumes).

The opening scene is jaw dropping with its colossally beautiful lace eternity set.  You could just bathe in it for hours.

And this truly is a joyous experience.  It’s adult (without being seedy).  The gags are hilarious and it’s a gift that keeps on giving with beautiful, funny wordplays throughout – thank you Ella.

Oh, and I asked some children in the audience if they enjoyed it and the overwhelming response was YES!

I’ve been to the last ten Lyceum Christmas shows and this is, IMHO, by a mile, the best.

Honestly, it’s a must see.

Particular shout outs for the ever-brilliant Sally Reid as a punky Think(erbell) and a lovely lead performance by Isobel McArthur as Wendy.

It’s interesting reading the biogs of the cast in that the (Royal Scottish) Conservatoire, The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama feature almost equally.  All three should be proud of this.

And as for Stephen Dunn and his contribution to the flying.

Well, it seals the deal.

It really is a 5 star show.