Wednesday 13 December 2017

Jigging on the rigging to cast magical spell on theatre goers

Conor Gannon

PRODUCERS of a new Peter Pan musical hope an 18ft crocodile puppet will hook audiences -- and that a groundbreaking stage flight system will reel them in.

Former 'Family Fortunes' presenter Les Dennis and TV actor Ben Richards will star in the world premiere of the musical in Dublin's Grand Canal Theatre this Friday. The show is a contemporary take on the JM Barrie classic.

"Captain Hook has had a makeover," said Richards, who admitted that he was not usually cast for roles such as this. "Hook is the quintessential sexy baddie who you don't know whether to love or hate."

A flying system, which cost over €100,000 and was developed for the Palladium Theatre in London's West End, will be used to propel Peter Pan around the theatre. The boy who never grew up will be played by Daniel Boys of BBC's TV talent show 'Any Dream Will Do'.

The cast of the musical is not just made up of English actors. In March of this year more than 300 Irish children turned up for auditions to play one of the roles. Michael Rose, the producer of the show, said: "The musical has the potential to bring people to a wonderful world of fantasy where they will forget their troubles."

'Peter Pan: The Musical' will run until August 6 and tickets are priced from €20, from Ticketmaster.

Irish Independent

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