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Peter Pan and Pirates to Hook festive theatre-goers



Preview by Jack Foley

AT A time when pirates appear to be in favour once again, thanks to the success of Hollywood's Pirates of the Caribbean, not to mention the forthcoming flicks, Neverland and Peter Pan, it is little wonder to find the theatre picking up on current audience trends in time for Christmas.

It has recently been announced that two new productions of Peter Pan and The Pirates of Penzance are to run at the Savoy Theatre, in The Strand, for a limited season, from December 15 to March 20, 2004.

Both productions will star Anthony Head, a veteran of the West End, who has since found fame in cult television programme, Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

JM Barrie's 1904 children's classic, Peter Pan, tells the timeless tale of a boy who refuses to mature, preferring instead to remain in Never Land with his fairy, Tinkerbell, and The Lost Boys, while trying to avoid the mean-spirited intentions of his longtime nemesis, Captain Hook.

While Gilbert and Sullivan's famous 1880 operetta, The Pirates of Penzance, tells the tale of Frederic, a slave to duty, who thinks he has completed his apprenticeship to a band of pirates when he turns 21.

His attempts to follow a more honourable profession are scuppered, however, when he realises he was born on February 29 of a leap year - and thus his apprenticeship has many, many more years to run.

The score includes such classics as Poor Wandering On', I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General and Policeman's Chorus.

Head will plays Captain Hook in Peter Pan and The Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance.

Both productions will be directed by Steven Dexter ,and designed by Francis O'Connor, with lighting by Andrew Bridge.

Peter Pan will be presented by permission of Great Ormond Street Children's Charity, the London hospital to which Barrie donated the rights of his play.

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