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: