Peter Pan and Other Plays by J.M. BarrieFor some 20 years at the beginning of the century J M Barrie enjoyed enormous commercial success with a wide variety of plays, but he is best known for Peter Pan. It retains its popularity today, both in the original and in adaptations. Barrie returned to the Peter Pan story a few years later with When Wendy Grew Up when the two are reunited later in Wendys life.
As well as being the author of the greatest of all childrens plays Barrie also wrote sophisticated social comedy and political satire, much of it now newly topical. The Admirable Crichton and What Every Woman Knows are shrewd and entertaining contributions to the politics of class and gender, while Mary Rose is one of the best ghost stories written for the stage.
Peter Pan's 119-year gender bender
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Peter Pan is a musical based on J. It was followed by NBC telecasts of it in , , and with the same stars, plus several rebroadcasts of the telecast. The show has enjoyed several revivals onstage. Several productions of Peter Pan were staged early in the 20th century, starting in London in , starring Nina Boucicault as Peter  and on Broadway in , starring Maude Adams. In a nod to the original play, and the pantomime tradition it derives from, the title role of Peter Pan in the musical is usually played by a woman, including Mary Martin , Sandy Duncan and Cathy Rigby , among others.
Since it'll be broadcast live, the only preview we'll get of the Girls star turned leader of the Lost Boys is the peacock network's behind-the-scenes special The Making of Peter Pan Live! But why Williams? Why not? Peter Pan has been played by many women since the s. On Broadway and on TV, the role of Peter Pan has been historically played by young actresses dressed in the character's famed green body suit. It all started upon the suggestion of Broadway producer Charles Frohman, who produced the first stage productions of Peter Pan author J. Barrie's original play in the early s.