This Christmas, Peter Pan is coming to BBC One but it might not be what you expect. Straight from the West End stage, the Olivier Award winning Mischief Theatre brings their smash hit play, Peter Pan Goes Wrong, for television.
As part of its commitment to community theatre, the BBC has allowed The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, an amateur dramatics group, to put on a show as part of their festive programming. But can they pull it off? Filmed in front of a live audience, watching as Peter Pan flies through the air, Captain Hook and his pirates set adrift in the lagoon, and Tinkerbell is due to light up the stage in a stunning electrical costume… what can possibly go wrong?! With their trademark comic mayhem expect hilarious stunts, chaos, technical hitches, flying mishaps and cast disputes on the way to Neverland with hilarious and disastrous results.
Peter Pan Goes Wrong is co-written by Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, creators of the award-winning stage comedy The Play That Goes Wrong. Both ‘Goes Wrong’ productions are renowned for their highly physical comedy packed with finely-tuned farce and Buster Keaton-inspired slapstick delivered with split-second timing. Mischief Theatre was founded in 2008 by Henry Lewis and Dave Hearn, graduates of The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and began as an improvised comedy group.
Shane Allen, Controller Comedy Commissioning commented: “This word of mouth phenomenon is an absolute riot which plays to all ages and hits the sweet spot for the BBC One family audience.”
Chris Sussman, Head of Comedy, BBC Studios said: “Peter Pan Goes Wrong was one of the funniest shows I’ve ever seen in the theatre, and I’m thrilled we’ve got the chance to bring it to BBC One. Terrifying stunts, a revolving stage and a cast who’ve never done TV before. What could possibly go wrong?”
Mischief Theatre added: “We are delighted to be bringing the mishaps of The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’s production of Peter Pan Goes Wrong to BBC One this Christmas. We are quite staggered at the success of the simply disastrous stage shows this company keeps putting on and hope that their attempt at television doesn’t ruin the nation’s festive cheer!”
Peter Pan Goes Wrong is a BBC Studios comedy production commissioned by Shane Allen and executive produced by Stephen McCrum. The producer is Michelle Farr and director is Dewi Humphreys. Filming will take place at Pinewood Studios.
PETER PAN GOES WRONG plays at the Apollo Theatre 20 October – 29 January 2017. Tickets