Celebrated theatre director Sally Cookson has turned J.M. Barrie’s melancholy fairytale classic Peter Pan on its head with a wonderfully-inventive and topsy-turvy production, soon to be screened for one matinee performance only at the Megaron.
Neverland has gone bye-bye. At least, the way we think we know it. Through the eyes of the audacious British theatre director Sally Cookson, Peter Pan’s eternal adventure playground is now more graffiti-splashed urban jungle than … er, jungle. Reggae beats and The Carpenters provide the musical accompaniment as the Boy who Never Grows Up pedals about on a Chopper bike; and his Lost Boys scavenge for tin cans that they can turn into walkie-talkies.
That’s not all. In keeping with the zeitgeist that recently gave us a female “Ghostbusters” (and shortly, an all-female “Oceans Eleven” sequel too), Peter and the Lost Boys are now terrorized by a female Captain Hook (played by Anna Francolina)!
Now, Athens audiences can see Sally Cookson’s exhilarating re-packaging of this much-loved classic for themselves when it comes to the Megaron for a single screening on Sunday, October 1, at 5pm. Despite its many alterations, the production, which Cookson debuted at the Bristol Old Vic about four years ago before becoming moving to London’s Olivier Theatre for a sell-out season, has been roundly praised for staying remarkably true to the spirit of J.M. Barrie’s original tale.
Advance bookings are available from this week. Tickets cost 15EUR (8EUR for children, students and unemployed) and can be booked through www.megaron.gr or tel: 210.728.2367.
Read a full review of the show HERE
Or take a sneak peek at the fun below:
Megaron, Alexandra Trianti Hall, Vass. Sophias & Kokkali, www.megaron.gr
Insider Weekly, September 20, 2017.