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Peter Pan, Savoy Theatre, London

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Theatre: Good Hook, but no catch

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Peter Pan

There are a number of seasonal shows in London this month that will keep box-office attendants worked to the bone, but by far the biggest is Peter Pan (above), which Trevor Nunn has wisely brought back after a critically acclaimed, sell-out run last Christmas in order to see his second year off to a flying start. Like the puckish boy wonder at the heart of JM Barrie's classic tale, this revival of the Royal Shakespeare Company's 1982 hit, originally directed by John Caird, has not aged in the least. Jonathan Dove's version pays due attention to the work's tacit proposition - that both growing up and remaining a child cause lasting emotional trauma - while John Napier's extraordinary revolving fantasy landscape, with its crocodile-infested lagoons, throws up images of Never Land that has even adults, according to Paul Taylor, fighting "a lump in the throat the size of one of Hook's cannonballs".

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