VINTAGE VENUE, SPARKLING PRODUCTION
Peter Pan at the Old Rep
There aren't many theatres in the UK where you can enjoy world class entertainment in such an historic venue.
The Old Rep is Britain’s first purpose-built repertory theatre opened in 1913. Grade II listed it's been well-preserved, despite the best efforts of at least one luftwaffe bomb, and it still retains many original features including a mirror requested by Sir Laurence Olivier.
It was, of course, the original home of the Birmingham Repertory Company, who moved to their current site on Broad Street in 1971. What they left, though, has hardly changed, save for any required repairs and modernisations. It's a step back in time and a poignant reminder of the pure beauty of theatres of yesteryear.
What better way to enjoy The Old Rep, then, than in the company of Peter Pan, a character who actually pre-dates the theatre by a decade. It's thought that creator J. M. Barrie may have based the character of Pan on his older brother, David, who died in an ice-skating accident the day before his 14th birthday. His mother and brother thought of him as forever a boy.
Showing now and running up to and including December 31, Peter Pan The Musical follows, naturally, the Darling children, Wendy, John, and little Michael as they embark on a voyage to Neverland. Here they encounter a host of surprises from fantastical fairies and a carnivorous croc, to a pack of pugnacious pirates led by the infamous Captain Hook.
Watch on as Wendy and her brothers (with you in tow) navigate the skies, flying over oceans to the world of eternal youth, joining Peter and his band of mischievous Lost Boys on a journey that'll remind you of what it is to be a child again. Take your kids if you have them, this promises to be a true gem. Tickets
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