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Stephanie Sinclaire Lightsmith


King’s Head Theatre and DragonLady Films present

A new adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s

Directed and adapted by Stephanie Sinclaire

… Stephanie Sinclaire’s delightful production of her own adaptation synthesised from JM Barrie’s various versions of his self-invented myth is uplifting … the tunes are lovely; the wit (Bernstein was his own lyricist) is deft and mischievous; and the new arrangements written by Mike Dixon, which orchestrate the music for piano, cello, clarinet and flute, combine breadth and crisp clarity managing to project everything from dreamy sensuality to the tongue and cheek attack of Tiger Lily and her Braves. Hook is brilliantly played with a flamboyant, nervous energy and drolly self-guying swagger by the hilarious Peter Land (who doubles as the neurotically sly and cowardly Mr. Darling). The delicious mermaids sing solipsistically of the lazy, hazy sea and sand delights’
Paul Taylor, The Independent


‘Seventeen months after the death of its founder Dan Crawford, the Kings Head can still claim to be one of the most enterprising outfits in town. Imagine: 22 performers somehow contriving to share a stage that’s the size of a largish handkerchief and even managing a soupcon of flying. Imagine it again: a pub theatre in Islington giving the British stage premiere of the score that Leonard Bernstein wrote for Peter Pan in 1950 … and the world premiere of the complete score … splendidly raggety Lost Boys … Kastin is a fine Peter … she’s absolutely credible as the exhilarated lad-Barrie’s wishful self-portrait perhaps – ‘who always want to be a boy and have fun’.


Lisa Holliman is a sweet apple-cheeked Wendy and Peter Land … gives a certain menace. Stephanie Sinclaire’s production is clear, surprisingly uncrowded … warm and good-natured. This is a revival that gives them plenty to wonder at.’

Benedict Nightingale, The Times

‘Despite the physical limitations, the production and performance values could not be higher, and that’s before one even mentions that the director, Stephanie Sinclaire, is making theatre history. This is the first time Bernstein’s score and lyrics for the play have been performed in their entirety … it’s a chamber piece of great fun and emotional richness. The score, arranged by Mike Dixon for three performers (piano; clarinet, flute and piccolo), is lyrical, jazzy and ripe with pastiche and nostalgic elegy. It places narrative above musical fireworks, allowing a versatile cast, led by Lisa Holliman as a sweet pure voiced Wendy, crack on with the story. For children, it’s a snappy no-nonsense telling; for adults it’s a troubled tale of burgeoning sexuality’

Tim Auld, Sunday Telegraph


‘It is the first production to use Leonard Bernstein’s complete score, lovingly orchestrated by Mike Dixon for three players to suit the Islington pub theatre’s, er, intimate space….this early work offers a snapshot of a composer exploring his potential, and songs with a vigour rare in children’s theatre. Stephanie Sinclaire’s production does Bernstein and Barrie proud, staying faithful to the original while refracting it through the prism of a more knowing age. She’s helped by Katherine Kastin’s feisty Peter and Lisa Holliman’s Wendy, who captures the awkwardness of adolescent awakening. Lost boys and pirates lend colourful support.’

Matthew Davis, Sunday Times


‘IF IT’S A HIGH CULTURE VERSION OF TRADITIONAL SEASONAL ENTERTAINMENT you’re after, director Stephanie Sinclaire’s adaptation of JM Barrie’s children’s classic, featuring a rarely performed score by Leonard Bernstein, may prove the ticket. Peter land delivers a gorgeously sung soliloquy; with punky hair and eye make-up somewhat reminiscent of Ziggy Stardust-era David Bowie, Katherine Kastin’s Peter has impressive, almost alarming, emotional depth. This is a ‘Pan’ that doesn’t seek to conceal the darkness at the heart of Barrie’s tale, with orphaned Lost Boys (a particularly adoptable bunch) and disconsolate lost pirates competing with unsettling intensity to secure the rights to be mothered by Wendy. Kastin is the star of the show.’

Robert Shore, Time Out



‘IN THAT TYPICALLY RESOURCEFUL WAY OF THIS EVER AMBITIOUS THEATRE that always likes to think bigger than it is – they’ve pulled off a rare theatrical first … to reconstruct Leonard Bernstein’s 1950 Broadway musical version of the JM Barrie story, interpolating songs that had been written for later versions but never before used in theatrical performance … director Stephanie Sinclaire lends it an earnest sincerity that is charming and eventually disarming. The emphasis is inevitably on storytelling rather than spectacle and complete with a live Tinkerbell (rather than a light effect), it has a poignant appeal for young audiences as well.’

Mark Shenton, The Stage


‘ON A TINY STAGE, YOUNG HEARTS WERE SENT POUNDING as we watched Peter Pan, Wendy and her … brothers fly! It always surprises that a venue no larger than a lost boy’s soap-dish should stage such a professional and extravagant production with apparent ease. Stephanie Sinclaire adapted and directed the piece with obvious love for Barrie’s original tale. This production benefits from the musical score of Leonard Bernstein, skilfully arranged for an orchestra of three by Mike Dixon. Bernstein’s interpretation is light-hearted and fresh and caters to adult and child tastes alike. As for the cast, this 22 strong ensemble play their hearts out with professionalism and commitment that is worthy of praise. The result, real love and adoration from an exceptionally young audience, accompanied by pure enjoyment by young at heart adults. Lost Boys, Charlie Wild, Liam McDonnell, Ben Boorman and Luke Shoefield created a wonderful comic team. John Fricker’s manic Smee is particularly worth of mention. The Kings Head … has created a children’s entertainment worthy of any West End theatre.’

Kevin Quarmby, Rogues and Vagabonds


‘SMALL MASTERPIECES OF COMPRESSION. This is the theatrical premiere of the full score written by Leonard Bernstein. The main Neverland section is exuberant, with Katherine Kastin as an ebullient Peter. It turns the most cramped theatre in London into a place of fun and fantasy for a brief while, and when Peter made his famous appeal to the audience to revive the dying Tinkerbell (Meg Dixon) by clapping our hands, even hard-bitten critics were applauding like billy-o.’

Ian Shuttleworth, Financial Times


‘THE PLAY’S THE THING AND THIS MAGICAL PETER PAN SHOULD PROVE JUST RIGHT … Lavishly costumed by Gary Page and inventively choreographed by Marc Urquhart … a delightful Tinkerbell shared by three young girls during the run … everyone will ‘truly believe in fairies’ by the end of this fast paced evening. Emma Munro-Wilson makes an elegant and comely Mrs. Darling while John Fricker’s canine Nana is a star turn.

Clive Burton, Theatreworld Internet Magazine


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