|Curve Theatre Leicester - Maria A Smith|
Last week I went to see Finding Neverland at the Curve Theatre in Leicester. It was a wonderful performance, entertaining young and old alike. The Curve is a fantastic venue, and I feel quite proud that Harvey Weinstein decided to bring the £7 million musical to Leicester.
The show is based on the hit film by the same name, and follows the story of playwright James Barrie, and his relationship with the family that inspired him to write Peter Pan. Sylvia is an Edwardian widow with four young sons, whom James meets in Kensington Gardens not long after the failure of his new play The Wedding Guest.
A longing develops between James and Sylvia, which is frowned upon by society, and there are many sad, as well as funny heart warming moments which stay with you long after the performance has finished.
Finding Neverland is quality stuff with a strong cast, performances from Julian Ovendene who plays James Barrie, and Oliver Boot who plays Hook were particularly good I thought. As were those from the children.
There is talk that the show will move to the West End, and then onto Broadway. I do hope that happens and more people can enjoy the magic of Finding Neverland.