The world premiere of Peter Pan – A New Musical, with book and lyrics by Pam Ayres, and music from award-winning composer Louis Mander, will take place at the 76th Stroud Arts Festival in October.
The production will be narrated by Classic FM host and children’s author Zeb Soanes, and the chorus provided by the Minpins Children’s Choir.
Said Pam Ayres: “Writing the lyrics for Peter Pan with Louis Mander saved my sanity! My husband and I had planned the trip of a lifetime in 2020, a voyage to Sydney on QM2. This jolly plan was thwarted however when Covid struck world-wide – our ship was unable to dock in many of the places on the original itinerary and at one point we sailed aimlessly round the Indian Ocean for 15 days. The frustration of all this was completely softened by the joy of writing the lyrics for this musical.
“Instead of my usual Pam subjects, it was brilliant to imagine myself as the crocodile, as blood-curdling Captain Hook, or poor jealous Tinkerbell. I loved both the writing and the music Louis composed to go with my lyrics. I did not presume to change the original tale, but I hope the festival audience will enjoy this fresh look at the classic, much-loved story, and the addition (if I say it myself) of our lovely fun-filled songs.”
Louis Mander added: “Peter Pan – A New Musical is a magical family show to captivate all ages. It’s been a delight to work with the Minpins Children’s Choir, it’s been great to see new generations so disciplined, and at the same time so rapt and interested in this new music. They absolutely capture the essence of the show – it’s very Peter Pan.”
Zeb Soanes said: “What an utter delight it was to be invited to narrate the World Premiere performance of this exciting musical version of Peter Pan, with J.M. Barrie’s words lovingly adapted by national treasure Pam Ayres with an effervescent and enchanting score by Louis Mander. Come to this special festival performance where magic is guaranteed — but only if you believe.”
The performance takes place on Saturday, October 22nd at The Sub Rooms, Stroud, 6.30pm to 8.30pm including interval.
Tickets cost: adult £18, under-18s £5 and family ticket (2 adults+ 2 children) £32.
Stroud Arts Festival: https://stroudartsfestival.org