J.M. Barrie and the Lost Boys

A review of Andrew Birkin’s J.M. Barrie and the Lost Boys from the Times Literary Supplement, 27 May 2004:

J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan opened at the Duke of York’s Theatre on December 27, 1904. It was one of the most ambitious theatrical productions ever mounted, and most of those involved expected it to be “a mild disaster”. It was in fact a triumph and has been part of the theatrical repertory ever since. The play was not to everyone’s taste – “Oh, for an hour of Herod!”, Anthony Hope famously pleaded – but it has endured in spite of being reduced to pantomime, turned into a cartoon by Walt Disney, set to music by both Leonard Bernstein and Jule Styne, and “developed” into a cinematic vehicle for Robin Williams.

Birkin has also created a great web site where you can read the Introduction to the book and find a lot of information on Barrie.

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