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National Theatre’s Peter Pan delays opening

The National Theatre. Photo: Philip Vile The National Theatre. Photo: Philip Vile
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The National Theatre’s Christmas production of Peter Pan has delayed its press night by a week after Sophie Thompson broke her wrist during rehearsals.

Last week the theatre announced that Thompson, who had been due to play Captain Hook and Mrs Darling, had withdrawn from the production in the Olivier due to a broken wrist, and would be replaced by Anna Francolini.

The theatre has now said that due to the devised nature of the production, “additional rehearsal time is required to allow Anna to further develop the characters Sophie created and make them her own”.

Press night had originally been scheduled for November 23 but has been pushed back until December 2, while the first preview has been cancelled. The show’s first preview will now take place a day later than planned on November 17.

The show’s director, Sally Cookson, said: “Sophie’s extraordinary work during workshops and rehearsals has left its mark on this production and we are all so grateful for her huge creative input. She is handing the baton on to the fabulous Anna Francolini to complete the journey. We send Sophie our love and wish her a speedy recovery following the successful operation to her wrist last Thursday.”

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