A musical version of Finding Neverland, the film starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslett, is coming to Leicester this September, and then to the West End. The story follows J. M. Barrie, as he finds his inspiration for his most famous children’s play, Peter Pan.
Julian Ovenden will star as Barrie, and Rosalie Craig will play Sylvia, the mother of the Llewellyn Davies boys, who were Barrie’s main inspiration. Craig is hot stuff in London at the moment, and has had roles in Ragtime, London Road, Swallows and Amazons, and Aspects of Love, for which she was nominated for the Whatsonstage.com Best Actress in a Musical Award. Julian Ovenden has just finished a run as Butley, in the West End and on Broadway. Prolific choreographer and director Rob Ashford, who has just directed the Broadway production of Evita, will direct.
One meeting in Kensington Gardens in 1903, between the Llewelyn Davies and J. M. Barrie, sparks the play which has spellbound children for over a century. It even featured in the Olympics opening ceremony on Friday!
Finding Neverland opens at The Curve, Leicester on 22nd September. The production company has eyes on the West End, for after the run at Leicester comes to an end.