Peter Pan in Scarlet
If the thought of impending seven weeks of child-led holiday madness is giving you the sweats (*breathe, breathe*), either because you have little people yourself, or because you want to keep other people’s children at arm’s length – or both! – be assured that your trusty Muddy Guide will be taking your hand, giving it a reassuring squeeze and leading you through the very best things to do in Oxon, Bucks and beyond every week through the summer.
Even so, there are some events that require an early flagwave, not least because they’ll sell out if I don’t tell you early enough, so here’s a friendly poke about Oxford Playhouse’s Peter Pan in Scarlet, a major show for the city, and in fact a world premiere adaptation of the official sequel to J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan. I know, ooooooooh!
Unquestionably one of big family shows of the summer in the region, the play is based on the best-selling novel by three-times Whitbread Children’s Book Award winner (and local writer) Geraldine McCaughrean, and adapted/ directed by the brilliant exec director of the New Vic Theresa Heskins, a massive name in the business. She promises circus and fire, shipwrecks and battles, as the grown up Wendy and the Lost boys return go Neverland to rescue Peter in one last adventure armed with, er, fairy dust (and let’s be realistic, probably a few swords too when it comes down to it).
I’m a big fan of the Oxford Playhouse, a venue that seems to have a neverending supply of A-list actors, playwrights and theatre companies in and out of its doors. This production steps it up another level, it’s going to be amazing.
Price-wise it’s good value, with weekday family tickets (2 adults, 2 kids) at £65, and weekends slightly more expensive at £75. I’m definitely taking my kids for a day-time performance, I’m already excited! If you’re looking for a steer on where to eat afterwards, I’d recommend the 5 minute stroll into Walton Street which takes you into the hip Jericho area and the family-friendly and quietly cool pizza/burger specialists The Rickety Press (I revisited a few weeks back and had a great meal). Five minutes further on again, if you want to give your kids some fresh air and a run-around, Port Meadow is 300 acres of ancient grazing land with dreaming spires in the background.
Right, that’s one entire day sorted out. Another 41 to go! Anywya, I’ll include Peter Pan in Scarlett into the Muddy Guides just to remind you, but while you have a chance to choose your days, take it – this is going to be a sell-out.