Latest Peter Pan abandons London for Edinburgh

Fri May 14, 2010 1:22pm EDT
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By Valle Aviles Pinedo

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - A new stage version of J.M. Barrie's classic tale of Peter Pan reinvents the story of the boy who never grew up, moving its traditional setting in Edwardian London to Victorian Edinburgh.

The co-production between the National Theater of Scotland and London's Barbican Theater marks the 150th anniversary of the Scottish-born Barrie's birth and is directed by John Tiffany.

This latest version of a tale, which has seen several incarnations on stage and screen since Barrie first penned it as part of a novel in 1902, starts at the Forth Railway Bridge in Edinburgh and was written David Greig.

Completed in 1890, a year before Barrie's first novel was published and more than a dozen years before the premiere of Peter Pan, the bridge was a tremendous feat of British engineering made possible, in part, by the employment of a small army of young boys.

Greig thought that these poor kids shared a kinship with Barrie's Lost Boys and maybe it was they who Barrie had in mind when he created the world of Peter Pan.

"With Peter Pan, JM Barrie wrote the most influential story ever written by a Scottish author," Tiffany told Reuters at the premiere. "This is an opportunity to bring Peter Pan home."

Tiffany said that he spent lot of time working on the production in Barrie's homeland and reading a lot of Scottish fairy tales.

Although many aspects of Barrie's original plot are intact, there are also notable differences beyond the fact that the location has changed.   Continued...