The producers of the West End hit comedy Peter Pan Goes Wrong, which stumbles across Australia from 19 December 2018, have announced that they have managed to convince 10 incredibly talented actors – including movie and musical theatre star, Jay Laga’aia, to perform in the Olivier-nominated and critically acclaimed play.
Seven of the actors who had audiences in stitches in The Play That Goes Wrong – Darcy Brown, Francine Cain, Adam Dunn, Luke Joslin, George Kemp, Jordan Prosser and Tammy Weller – have all been silly enough to sign on again with The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society where they will once again battle against technical hitches, flying mishaps and cast disputes on their way to Neverland with hilarious and disastrous results.
They will unfortunately be joined by Jay Laga’aia, well known internationally for his role as Captain Typho in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. Jay is also one of Australia and New Zealand’s favourite musical theatre stars, having played the principal roles of Mufasa in the hit musical The Lion King, the Wizard in Wicked and Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar. He is also known for his television roles in Home and Away, Xena: Warrior Princess, Water Rats and Play School and as a contestant on Celebrity Big Brother.
Also experiencing this theatrical mayhem for the first time will be Connor Crawford who recently appeared in Assassins at the Hayes Theatre and Sydney Opera House, and Teagan Wouters who starred as Nicola in the national tour of the musical Kinky Boots.
In this new take on the J M Barrie classic, Peter Pan Goes Wrong is co-written by Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields and includes highly physical comedy packed with finely-tuned farce and Buster Keaton-inspired slapstick, all delivered with split-second timing. “We are amazed that actors of such high calibre are prepared to risk their careers by signing up to perform in this maniacal play,” says Lewis.
Peter Pan Goes Wrong premiered at the Pleasance Theatre in London in December 2013 before going on to tour the UK during 2014. The production made its West End debut in 2015 for a Christmas season, returning the following year from October for another Christmas season, making it the third show running in the West End from the Mischief Theatre Company after The Play That Goes Wrong and The Comedy About a Bank Robbery.
Peter Pan Goes Wrong is directed by Adam Meggido, with set design by Simon Scullion, lighting by Matt Haskins, costumes by Roberto Surace, sound design by Ella Wahlstrom and songs composed by Richard Baker and Rob Falconer.
Peter Pan Goes Wrong plays the Playhouse – Arts Centre Melbourne from 19 December 2018, before touring to Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre from 30 January 2019; Canberra Theatre Centre from 6 February; Sydney Lyric Theatre from 13 February; and His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth from 7 March. For more information, visit: www.peterpangoeswrong.com.au for details.
Image: Jay Laga’aia, Darcy Brown, Francine Cain, Connor Crawford, Adam Dunn, Luke Joslin, George Kemp, Jordan Prosser, Tammy Weller and Teagan Wouters may star in Peter Pan Goes Wrong (supplied)