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J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan

1st Edition

By Lucie Sutherland

Routledge

74 pages

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Description

‘Do you believe in fairies? Say quick that you believe!’ – Peter Pan

Peter Pan is a narrative many of us believe we know well, and yet the J.M. Barrie play that premiered on a West End stage in December 1904 is not the depiction of Peter, Wendy, Hook, and Never Land that most people have experienced. It was the critical and commercial success of this particular play which propelled the notoriety and appeal of the story, and without the success of that first production, Peter Pan would not be such a familiar part of our mainstream culture. Lucie Sutherland examines how, and why, this play became so popular, why the trans-Atlantic collaboration of Barrie and Charles Frohman was vital to the success of the 1904 production, and how key versions in England and America have created an iconic narrative that remains popular today.

This book charts the ‘awfully big adventure’ of creating Peter Pan, as well as the many entertaining, enthralling, and often extraordinary ways the play has been adapted ever since.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

1 Developing Peter Pan for performance.

2 First performances.

3 Adapting Peter Pan.

Conclusion

References

Filmography

Index

About the Author

Lucie Sutherland is Assistant Professor in Drama at the University of Nottingham, UK.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
DRA000000
DRAMA / General
DRA003000
DRAMA / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
LIT004120
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
PER011000
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
PER011030
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Playwriting