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Peter and Alice

March 24, 2013

I was really looking forward to seeing Judi Dench playing Alice Liddell Hargreaves and Ben Wishaw playing Peter Llewelyn Davies. It is a very interesting idea to explore a meeting between the two real people who’s famous namesakes are so real to our collective imagination. I understand why John Logan would write such a play about Alice in Wonderland meeting Peter Pan. “Peter and Alice”, the second play in the Michael Grandage season at the Noel Coward Theatre is this new play.

We do learn about Alice and Peter and their relationships to their more famous namesakes’ creators J.M. Barrie and Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. Judi Dench’s Alice and Ben Wishaw’s Peter are both very believable but their interplay with the fictional Alice and Peter did not work for me and the almost clumsy awkward involvement with the creators was worse for me. At times I felt that these supporting actors were almost embarrassed to be just standing on the edges of the stage. It wasn’t at all magical or real. The story got lost somewhere in between the two worlds whereas it should have been a wonderful contrast of these two worlds through these two people. Perhaps my expectations were too high.

The whole play felt like far too much exposition and not enough action.

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