Phil Willmott’s new musical Lost Boy, a dark sequel to Peter Pan reuniting JM Barrie’s characters as young adults on the eve of the First World War, is being extended due to public demand and will get a further month’s run in the West End.
Lost Boy will end its current five-week season at London’s Charing Cross Theatre as planned on Saturday 15 February. The theatre has then been hired by a different company for two weeks. Lost Boy will re-open on Monday March 3 and run to Saturday 29 March.
Jodie Jacobs whose West End credits include Regina in Rock of Ages (Shaftesbury and Garrick), Evita (Adelphi), Little Shop of Horrors (Duke of York’s and Ambassadors), Fame (Aldwych) and We Will Rock You (Dominion) will join the cast as Tinker Bell.
Willmott will use the short performance break to make some subtle changes to the production, as he explains: “The break will allow me four days in the rehearsal room to focus the piece a little more, make cuts and improve one or two of the songs.”
Among the favourable reviews for Lost Boy were: “The darkness of the show’s vision is compelling and the cast attacks the material with gusto,” (The Guardian), and “Artfully structured and packed with strong, musical numbers,” (The Stage).
Willmott’s original songs – blending a contemporary music theatre style with music hall influences – have been arranged into a score with additional music by Mark Collins, assistant musical director on the West End production of Billy Elliot.
Lost Boy’s cast includes Olivier Award nominee Andrew C Wadsworth as Captain Hook. Also in the ensemble are: Steven Butler, Lauren Cocoracchio, Grace Gardner, Hannah Grace, Richard James-King, Natalie Lipin, Luka Markus, Max Panks, David Scotland and Joseph Taylor.
The production is directed by Phil Willmott, with musical direction by Isaac McCullough. Choreography is by Racky Plews, musical supervision is by Mark Collins. Phil Lindley is the show’s designer and lighting is by Mike Robertson.
Lost Boy is produced by Steven M. Levy and Sean Sweeney and The Steam Industry in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre.