Peter and the Starcatcher
A Play by Rick Elice, Music by Wayne Barker
Based on the Novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Royal and Derngate, a co-production with Paul Taylor Mills | Director Luke Sheppard | Set Designer David Woodhead | Costume Designer Gabriella Slade | Lighting Designer Howard Hudson | Musical Director Tom Attwood | Movement Director Tom Jackson-Greaves | Casting Director Polly Jerrold
Photos by Manuel Harlan.
"a very clever piece of work, staged with extraordinary panache by Luke Sheppard"
Dominic Maxwell (The Times)
"Every device available to the actors is wonderfully employed... the infectious enthusiasm of the performers and the undeniable sense of unadulterated fun make this a rip-roaring adventure that grabs you from the opening moments and drags you unceremoniously along for the ride." - Michael Davies (Whats On Stage)
"The audience, who sat spellbound throughout, do not have star stuff, so they have to use of the power of their imaginations. This is where the magic of the theatre comes to the forefront.The production team have come up with ingenious ways of firing our imaginations through the creative use of props such as ropes, pulleys, lights, chairs, trunks, stepladders, umbrellas, smoke and bubbles. The cast of 12 play in total 17 different roles, adding to the non-stop action and non-stop adrenaline rush of this adventure." - Lawrence John (Northamptonshire Telegraph)
"...Peter and the Starcatcher rears into brilliant life" - Lauren Moody (The Stage)
"The whole production is slick and clever... The kids in the audience on press night loved it and seemed to be totally buying into it - the sparse set, the same actors playing multiple roles, everything.... what more could a kid want from a Christmas show - especially one where grown men are wearing bras, playing ukuleles and singing about being mermaids" - Verity Wilde (Broadway World)
"The cast is, without exception, excellent. The production calls for a lot of slapstick, visual and physical humour and they deliver it with joyous abandon.... Luke Sheppard has created a production that is funny, effective and incredibly slick. If you want to leave the theatre with a massive smile on your face and a warm feeling inside, look no further than the Royal & Derngate and Peter and the Starcatcher. Superb." - James Garrington (Reviews Hub)