Peter and Alice
“Of course that’s how it begins: a harmless fairy tale to pass the hours.”
About the work
Welcome to the world premiere of Peter and Alice by John Logan, produced by the Michael Grandage Company
When Alice Liddell Hargreaves met Peter Llewelyn Davies at the opening of a Lewis Carroll exhibition in 1932, the original Alice in Wonderland came face to face with the original Peter Pan.
Judi Dench plays Alice and Ben Whishaw plays Peter in John Logan’s first new play since Red, which won six Tony Awards in 2010. In Peter and Alice, enchantment and reality collide as this brief encounter lays bare the lives of these two extraordinary characters.
“This is a continuation of a strong relationship with John Logan the writer that started on Red at the Donmar. His next play goes darker and deeper, taking up multiple themes in one scenario – which is that the real‑life Alice in Wonderland did briefly meet the real‑life Peter Pan in a bookstore in 1932. In Logan’s imagined discussion these two real‑life figures talk, among other matters, about the trauma of being something that the public plays onto them, and how each of them have coped with it in very different ways. The audience gets the joy of receiving all the affection and visual sensation of revisiting two beloved fictional characters through the prism of their real, darker selves.”Michael Grandage, Artistic Director, MGC