‘Peter Pan’ is spellbindingly imaginative

The National Theatre production of “Peter Pan” is broadcast live to Orcas Center Saturday, June 10 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are very scarce for the production, broadcast live from the Old Vic Theatre in London – so for many, the only way to see it now is via the NT Live broadcast. This rip-roaring adventure is both captivating and funny, with elements to delight and entertain both kids and parents. It’s must see family entertainment (broadcast is rated PG).

All children, except one, grow up. Captured live at the National Theatre, a recorded performance of JM Barrie’s much-loved tale screens in cinemas. When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it. In return, she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. A riot of magic, music and make-believe ensues. A delight for children and adults alike, Sally Cookson (NT Live: Jane Eyre) directs this wondrously inventive production, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre.

The play is true to JM Barrie’s story but some surprise twists make it a refreshing, new take. For instance, Captain Hook is played by a woman.

Tickets for NT Live’s “Peter Pan” are $20, $15 for students, $2 off for Orcas Center members, and may be purchased at www.orcascenter.org or by calling 376-2281 ext. 1 or visiting the Orcas Center box office open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 12 to 2 p.m. There are $5 subsidized tickets available at the box office.