7 things you probably didn’t know about Peter Pan

If you’re a fan of Peter Pan, bet you already know that all the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust. But here are some lesser-known details to prove that this timeless classic is more awesome than you think.

1. The first Peter Pan

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Peter Pan first appeared in a section of The Little White Bird, a 1902 novel written by J.M Barrie. But the character’s best-known adventure first appeared in a stage play entitled Peter Pan or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up in 1904.

2. Peter’s true age

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Photo By: Leslie Artamonow

In his original appearance in The Little White Bird (1902), he was only seven days old. In the 1953 Disney adaptation and its 2002 sequel, Peter appears to be in late childhood, between 10 and 13 years old.

So exactly how old is Peter Pan? For someone who never grows up, age is really just a number.

3. Hook and the crocodile

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Why does the crocodile follow Captain Hook incessantly? Because it had eaten one of his hands, found it yummy and was hungry for more.

 

4. Left hook, right hook

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Photo By: Leslie Artamonow

In the original play, Hook loses his right hand, but when Disney was making Peter Pan the movie, the artists felt that would limit his actions too much, and switched the hook to the left hand.

 

5. Peter Pan is a woman?

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Photo By: Leslie Artamonow

Traditionally, Peter Pan has been played on stage by an adult woman. In the original productions in the UK, the role was played by Nina Boucicault in 1904 and later by Pauline Chase from 1906 to 1913.

 

6. Peter Pan has a big heart

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The story’s creator, JM Barrie, gave all the rights to Peter Pan to Great Ormond Street Hospital (UK) in 1929. Since then, the hospital has received royalties every time a production of the play is put on, as well as from the sale of Peter Pan books and other products.

 

7. Peter Pan is coming to Singapore

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You’ve read the book. You’ve watched the movie. Now see the boy who never grows up in this theatrical adventure, right here in Singapore.

Prepare yourself for loads of highflying action, thrilling swordplay, fairy dust, and chart-topping hits. You heard it right, Peter Pan will be belting out pop songs like Forever Young and Kiss From A Rose, while Hook will be belting out operas. This is truly Peter Pan like you’ve never seen before. Here’s a sneak peek of this theatrical spectacular:

Click here to listen to your favourite hit songs from the show

Get your tickets to Peter Pan, The Never Ending Story

Date: 27 November 2014 – 20 January 2015
Show Times: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 8pmSat & Sun: 3pm & 8pm
Prices*:*Prices exclude ticketing fee. Premium: $168
Standard: $138, $108, $78, $58 (Restricted View)Get your tickets at SISTIC or Resorts World Theatre.

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