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Peter Pan at The Royalty Theatre
From left Wendy played by Lauryn Wiscombe and Peter played by Elyse Eleanor

Peter Pan at The Royalty Theatre From left Wendy played by Lauryn Wiscombe and Peter played by Elyse Eleanor

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A classic story will be brought to life in all its high-flying glory at The Royalty Theatre next week.

JS Productions is staging JM Barrie’s Peter Pan at the community theatre off Chester Road on November 2 and 3.

Peter Pan at The Royalty Theatre
From left Wendy played by Lauryn Wiscombe and Peter played by Elyse Eleanor

Peter Pan at The Royalty Theatre From left Wendy played by Lauryn Wiscombe and Peter played by Elyse Eleanor

In the lead roles will be Lauryn Wiscombe, 13, from Gateshead as Wendy and Elyse Eleanor, 21, also from Gateshead, as Peter.

The production is true to the original book and play and is a trial performance before the play runs at the Northern Stage in Newcastle next year.

Director and producer John Christopher said: “The direction is quite dark and brings out some of the sad and tragic elements of the play, and Peter, that are often commented on by critics but rarely shown in performance. The Royalty’s intimate and atmospheric theatre is perfect for this story.”

He added: “Lauryn plays Wendy and, aged 13, she is the correct age, as opposed to using an older actress to play the girl who falls in love with Peter. “Lauryn appropriately brings a child-like quality to the role and proved her temperament on the big stage in the role of Linda in Blood Brothers (a previous JS Production).

Peter Pan at The Royalty Theatre
From left Wendy played by Lauryn Wiscombe and Peter played by Elyse Eleanor

Peter Pan at The Royalty Theatre From left Wendy played by Lauryn Wiscombe and Peter played by Elyse Eleanor

“Elyse follows the traditional casting of a female in the role of Peter who, we sometimes forget, is a six-year-old boy who still has his milk teeth.”

The heartless and motherless lost boys, led by Tootles (played by Jessica Guy, aged nine), are played by 11 guest performers from McMullen Performing Arts.

Performances start at 7.30pm and tickets are priced £8