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The magic of JM Barrie’s ‘Peter Pan’ at Christmas

posted 22 Dec 2009, 07:55 by myEdinburgh Admin
For both children and adults alike, one of the highlights of the Christmas holiday period is going to the pantomime.  Both the King’s and the Royal Lyceum Theatres have long traditions of producing pantos for our delight.  For this year the Royal Lyceum Theatre has chosen one of the most magical: Peter Pan – from the work  by J.M. Barrie, which has astounded audiences for many years by the force of its technical brilliance. 

On the staircase at Central Library you will see a display based on the model of this year’s stage design by Francis O’Connor, stage plans and costume drawings.  Beware Captain Hook though – and the crocodile lurking in the sand!  Peter is making an appearance and Tinkerbell is there to scatter some fairy dust….. 

9th May, 2010 is the 150th anniversary of J.M. Barrie’s birth in Kirriemuir, Angus. Find out more about his life and enduring influence (from the Wendy complex to Quality Street chocolates) in the Dictionary of National Biography or Literature Resource Center.  Or visit the Scottish Library, where we have many of his works in stock, some beautifully illustrated.  

The Fine Art Library can offer examples of both classic illustrations (Arthur Rackham) and of modern (Paula Rego).  There is other material there too if you are interested in stage or costume design. If you want to know more about the history of Edinburgh theatres, the Edinburgh Room can help you there with original playbills and other fascinating information and ephemera.  Or the Music Library can help with music for a production.

Remember, whatever you find of interest in our library panto scene, it is all ‘an awfully big adventure’.  The display runs until January 9.

Source: Edinburgh City Libraries