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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
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Back To Neverland This Christmas

You might not know this, but Peter Pan's first appearance was not in the popular children's novel of the same name. The mischievous and un-aging character was first immortalised on the page in author J.M. Barrie's adult novel The Little White Bird in 1902. It was then that Barrie took the character and gave him his own centre stage - literally - by writing the play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up in 1904. It was not until 1911 that he then adapted the story into the famous and much loved children's novel, Peter Pan and Wendy.

I never enjoyed reading as a child, so my first encounter with Peter Pan - as is probably the case with most children these days - was the Walt Disney movie. It wasn't until I was older that I read J.M. Barrie's book, but when I did, I was completely swept away.

As a child I never would have got on with it because the language is far too complex. Most children who approach the book will be turned off, which is why I think the best way for them to be introduced to the boy who never grew up is as Barrie originally intended: on stage.


There are a ton of Peter Pan productions this season, and if you go, not only will you have a fantastic time, but you will also be supporting Great Ormond Street Hospital.

J.M. Barrie's love of children and desire to remain forever young led him to leave the most treasured gift of all: Peter Pan. In 1929 he declared that his most famous and loved creation would help seriously ill children, so now for every performance of Peter Pan, part of the proceeds goes to Great Ormond Street Hospital. All you have to do is decide which production you want to see:

16th November - 12th January

Peter Pan pantomime at the Octagon Theatre in Bolton.

26th November - 19th January

Peter Pan new adaptation with music from Bristol ABD Productions at the Old Vic in Bristol.

30th November - 6th January

Peter Pan pantomime by UK Productions at Churchill Theatre in Bromely, Kent.

5th December - 6th January

Peter Pan pantomime by Paul Holman Associates at the Great Hall in Derby.

5th December - 6th January

Peter Pan pantomime at Towngate Theatre in Basildon, Essex.

5th December - 13th January

Peter Pan pantomime by Spillers Pantomimes at Rotherham Civic Theatre in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

peter pan, j.m. barrie, ice skating, guildford stadium


7th December - 9th December

Peter Pan ice skating show at the Guildford Spectrum in Guildford.

7th December - 31st December

Peter Pan pantomime by Paul Holman Associates at Watersmeet Theatre in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire.

7th December - 6th January

Peter Pan pantomime by Extravaganza Productions at Middlesbrough Theatre in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire.

8th December - 30th December

Peter Pan pantomime by First Family Entertainment at the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury, Bucks

8th December - 30th December

Peter Pan pantomime by Qdos at the White Rock Theatre in Hastings, East Sussex.

8th December - 30th December

Peter Pan pantomime by Hammond Family Productions at The Lighthouse Theatre in Kettering, Northamptonshire.

8th December - 31st December

Peter Pan pantomime by Qdos at Venu Cymru in Llandudno, Conwy.

8th December - 5th January

Peter Pan by Surrey Heath Borough Council at Camberley Theatre in Camberley, Surrey.
peter pan, j.m. barrie, pantomime, manchester


8th December - 13th January

Peter Pan pantomime by First Family Entertainment at the Opera House in Manchester.

12th December - 1st January

Peter Pan pantomime by the Channel Theatre Company at Buxton Opera House in Buxton, Derbyshire.

13th December - 2nd January

Peter Pan pantomime by Jamie Marcus Productions at Drill Hall in Lincoln.

13th December - 6th January

Peter Pan pantomime by UK Productions at the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton, Merseyside.

13th December - 6th January

Peter Pan pantomime by UK Productions at Sunderland Empire in Sunderland, Tyne & Wear.

15th December - 6th January

Peter Pan pantomime by Qdos at the Beck Theatre in Hayes, Middlesex.

22nd December - 30th December

Peter Pan pantomime by Enchanted Entertainment at Dorking Halls in Surrey.

24th December - 31st December

Peter Pan pantomime by Enchanted Entertainment at Gracie Fields in Rochdale.
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Why? Fun for children
When: 16th Nov - 19th Jan
Where: Various
Cost: See websites for details
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