Peter Essay

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Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up 1904 announcement for original play at Duke of York's Theatre, London Written by J. M. Barrie Date premiered 27 December 1904 Original language English Peter and Wendy Title page, 1911 UK edition Author J. M. Barrie Illustrator F. D. Bedford Country United Kingdom Language English Genre Fantasy Publisher Hodder & Stoughton (UK) Charles Scribner's Sons (USA) Publication date 11 October 1911 (UK) & (USA) Media type Print Pages 267 pp.; Frontispiece and 11 half-tone plates Preceded by The Little White Bird • Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up or Peter and Wendy is J. M. Barrie's most famous work, in the form of a 1904 play and a 1911 novel. Both versions tell the story of Peter Pan, a mischievous little boy who can fly, and his adventures on the island of Neverland with Wendy Darling and her brothers, the fairy Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys, the Indian princess Tiger Lily, and the pirate Captain Hook. The play and novel were inspired by Barrie's friendship with the Llewelyn Davies family. Barrie continued to revise the play for years after its debut; the novel reflects one version of the story. The play debuted in London on 27 December 1904 with Nina Boucicault, daughter of playwright Dion Boucicault, in the title role. A Broadway production was mounted in 1905 starring Maude Adams. It was later revived with such actresses as Marilyn Miller and Eva Le Gallienne. The play has since seen adaptation as a pantomime, stage musical, a television special, and several films, including a 1924 silent film, a 1953 animated Disney full-length feature, and a 2003 live action production. The play is now rarely performed in its original form on stage in the United Kingdom, whereas pantomime adaptations are frequently staged around Christmas. In the U.S., the original version

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