Yesterday I went with my nephew and Mum to see the last show of the most recent production of Peter Pan's Neverland at the o2.
It was an absolutely amazing performance, its one of my favorite stories and I have seen it several times in film and on stage but this was in a league of its own.
The production is in a specially designed tent and has a 360 degree set with CGI effects projected onto the roof of the tent which makes you feel like you are flying/Swimming/Fighting Hook with the characters:
Apart from the effects the cast also played the roles in a way more true to the story than I have ever seen. Peter Pan and the lost boys really acted like children playing rather than adults pretending to be children...there was one moment when Peter was baffled by TigerLilly doing a seductive dance for him and my 8-yr old nephew turned to me with exactly the same expression that Peter had on his face and said "why is she doing that??" ;D
Tinkerbell wasn't cute at all, she was an angry, jealous naughty fairy. Perfect!
I just had a look and apparently they are moving the tent to San Francisco in April for a 10 week run. I really can't recommend it enough for anyone who lives in the area and still has a little bit of a kid left in their heart
Here is a trailer for it, which shows some of the special effects:
That's amazing, Tilly! Even before answering you, I hurried to send your review to my sister who lives north of San Francisco. She will love it, and her kids are still young enough to get totally into it. Thank you!
Oh I adore Peter Pan! Now I am trying to figure how I can manage a trip to San Fran. When we went to Disney in Florida, I absolutely insisted on riding the Peter Pan ride at three times. ;D For those who have not seen it, it is like flying out the window, over the yard and then over Neverland. I insisted on riding three times and would have gone a time or two more had the family not had an uprising against. I so enjoyed seeing all the little parts that made up the whole - the mermaid lagoon, the pirate ship, the tree with the hideout, and every other part of the classic story was portrayed there below.