Colorado College / England / junior year / London

Wendy and Peter Pan

So…

Today was a pretty rushed day, especially since we were trying to cram a tour of Anne Hathaway’s cottage and gardens (read here) and a quick visit to Holy Trinity Church (read here) before attending the theatrical production of Wendy and Peter Pan. However we managed to arrive at the theatre on time, and enjoyed

walking to the theatre

walking to the theatre

swan lake! (hehehe, I couldn't resist)

swan lake! (hehehe, I couldn’t resist)

The Royal Shakespeare Company was a beautiful red brick building situated by the river. According to Charlotte Mills, the actor who plays Tinkerbell, the Company spent 750,000 pounds on the construction of the mobile that would carry all the actors during flying scenes. At first I thought it was an extravagant expenditure, but when the actors started flying and jumping around on beds LIFTED IN THE AIR – I changed my mind instantly.

Royal Shakespeare Company

Royal Shakespeare Company

ticket and program for Wendy and Peter Pan

ticket and program for Wendy and Peter Pan

the stage (view from the Stalls)

the stage (view from the Stalls)

the stage (view from Upper Circle), including the Mobile

the stage (view from Upper Circle), including the Mobile

the Upper Circle

the Upper Circle

The play was wonderful – probably my favorite of the entire program so far – and I really admired the work that went into the stage and costume production. One of my favorite costumes was Tinkerbell – the dress was so poufy and pink! I found out later that we could have gone on a backstage tour before the performance, and although that is a big regret there was nothing we could do about it.

close-up of the stage

close-up of the stage

the window to the Darlings' room

the window to the Darlings’ room

the cast's final bow

the cast’s final bow

The performance was amazing, and Sam Swann (as Peter Pan) actually went to the Circus School in London for a few weeks to ‘learn the ropes’. The lessons paid off, for the flyers made hanging 15-30 ft off the ground look effortless! Here are a few photos of the principal cast taken from various newspaper articles online:

Sam Swann preparing for his role as Peter Pan © birminghammail.co.uk

Sam Swann preparing for his role as Peter Pan © birminghammail.co.uk

Sam Swann as Peter Pan  © telegraph.co.uk

Sam Swann as Peter Pan © telegraph.co.uk

Fiona Button as Wendy Darling © weekendnotes.co.uk

Fiona Button as Wendy Darling © weekendnotes.co.uk

 Charlotte Mills as Tinkerbell © thesundaytimes.co.uk

Charlotte Mills as Tinkerbell © thesundaytimes.co.uk

Guy Henry as Captain Hook © mirror.co.uk

Guy Henry as Captain Hook © mirror.co.uk

Overall, the Stratford-upon-Avon experience was a worthwhile (but short) weekend trip, and I am glad it was put on our schedule. Although waking up early was quite a hardship, I loved the bed & breakfast – in fact, I wish we could bring it back to London with us!

Covered Apple Tart

Covered Apple Tart

English breakfast tea (take-away)

English breakfast tea (take-away)

two last slices of Chocolate Brownie Torte!

two last slices of Chocolate Brownie Torte!

On the way back to the B&B, we visited Hobsons one last time for snacks. I was tempted to try the Covered Apple Tart, but I wanted food I knew I’d enjoy so I went with two slices of the Chocolate Brownie Torte + 1 wonderful cup of English Breakfast tea. 

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