Dame Judi Dench and Ben Whishart star in the next instalment of the Michael Grandage season. Peter and Alice is about the meeting of two of literature’s most famed muses: the original Peter Pan and the original Alice.
With an intriguing twist on two well loved stories, Peter and Alice theatre breaks will now be available at the Noel Coward Theatre, London until 01 June 2013.
Based around the brief encounter between Alice Liddell Hargreaves and Peter Llewellyn Davies at the opening of a Lewis Carroll exhibition in 1932, this remarkable new play written by Tony Award-winning John Logan explores the lives of two extraordinary people.
Judi Dench (Alice) is probably now best known for her role as “M” in the bond films but she has also starred in such hit films as Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Jane Eyre, Notes on a Scandal, Pride and Prejudice, Iris, Chocolat, Shakespeare in Love and Mrs Brown. Her theatre credits run from Coward to Shakespeare and cover a career of over 55 years, whilst on television she has most recently entertained us in Cranford… but who can forget As Time Goes By!
Ben Whishart’s (Peter) acting career also boasts a wide range of credits from theatre, film and TV. In London he has performed at the Royal Court Theatre, the National Theatre, the Soho Theatre and at the Old Vic as Hamlet. For television, his credits include Criminal Justice for which he won an International Emmy Award for Best Actor, Nathan Barley and Other People’s Children; and on the silver screen he appeared with Dench in Skyfall and most recently in Cloud Atlas.
And the “award winning” epithet to John Logan’s name is no idle attempt to bolster an otherwise little known playwright: his last play, Red, also directed by Michael Grandage, won six Tony Awards in 2010.
Evenings: Monday to Saturday 19.30pm
Matinees: Saturday 14.30pm
Peter and Alice running time: 90 minutes with no interval.
Due to the nature of the play, latecomers will not be admitted under any circumstances.
The Noel Coward Theatre is on St Martin’s lane just behind Leicester Square tube station, so it is easy to get to from all over London. The closest hotel is the 5 star Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire Hotel but the 4 star Strand Hotel on The Strand is only 10 minutes walk (if that) and the 3 star St Giles is only 20 minutes walk away up by Oxford Street. Otherwise, via the Northern Line or Piccadilly Line hotels all over London are easy to get… just don’t be late!!!