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Peter Pan takes magic to Kensington Gardens

Published: Monday 26th of January 2009

The latest adaptation of the classic tale of Peter Pan is set to be stage in Kensington Gardens this summer.

Ben Harrison has just been confirmed as the director for the production, written by Tanya Ronder, which will take place against the backdrop of London attraction Kensington Palace.

Peter Pan, the story of the boy who lives in Neverland and never grows up, was created by Scottish author JM Barrie in the early 20th century.

Kensington Gardens have a special place in the history of Peter Pan, as it is where Barrie met the Llewelyn Davies family, who provided him with inspiration for the stories.

Indeed the first Peter Pan story, The Little White Bird, sees the boy fly from his nursery and land next to the Long Water - where a bronze statue of him now stands in tribute.

In 1904, two years after this first adventure, Barrie wrote a second Peter Pan story which introduced the familiar characters of Tinkerbell and Captain Hook.

While access to the gardens is free, London Pass holders can save £12.30 on an adult ticket and £6.15 on a child ticket when visiting Kensington Palace.

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