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Last week, speaking on Front Row on Radio 4, the director of the National theatre, Nicholas Hytner, called on our government to reinstate the money it has cut from the budgets of out-of-London theatres.
His argument gains clout with this world premiere in Leicester of the musical about Jm Barrie's creation of Peter Pan and based on the 2004 Miramax film starring Johnny Depp. The show is produced by Harvey Weinstein, co-founder of Miramax and the force behind numerous award-winning stage and screen hits including The Producers and The King's Speech. He chose Curve, not just because of the theatre's stunning facilities but also because of its reputation for high-quality musicals under the directorship of Paul Kerryson. If Finding Neverland, directed and choreographed by Rob Ashford, isn't up there with Curve's recent productions of 42nd Street or Gypsy, that's nothing to do with the talents of the excellent 21-strong cast, »
- Clare Brennan
The news that Miramax co-founder Harvey Weinstein was to make the leap into theatrical production with a musical version of his 2004 movie aroused a flurry of speculation: that Gwyneth Paltrow might be in it (she isn't); that Bono and the Edge would be paying a visit (they have). It's certainly a coup for the Curve to be the focus for such an event: though what actually emerges is an industriously staged, if slightly anaemic, adaptation of a flawed and semi-imagined biopic.
Dh Lawrence observed that "Jm Barrie has a fatal touch for those he loves. They die." It's hardly the premise for an uplifting, family musical; and Allan Knee's book romanticises events to say the least. It takes for granted that Barrie's cuckoo-like inveiglement into the Llewelyn Davies family was more of a blessing than a curse. The boys' mother, Sylvia, is conveniently introduced as a widow (in fact, »
- Alfred Hickling
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