A special production comes this way, dear theatre-goer. It’s one that asks you to settle in among the ruins, while a story unfolds around you. Under the open sky, surrounded by the ravages of time, you’re invited to watch closely, and listen well, as Ruined Theatre presents a unique theatrical experience.
That’s right, within the grounds of a London ruin, you can catch a theatre show. Ruined Theatre is bringing its special brand of open-air theatre back to the stunning locale of Lesnes Abbey for the third year running, with another family-friendly show. And this time, attendees will be captivated by the story of Peter Pan & The Battle for Neverland. Running from August 4 -20, the new adaptation will tell a never-before-seen story about the boy who never grew up.
What is Ruined Theatre?
Ruined Theatre is a special production company that comes from the mind of founder, director, and executive producer Nancy Sullivan. Sullivan, who counts acting and directing credits on the West End and on TV, has been a long-time resident in Abbey Wood and has long wanted to bring the ruined abbey to life with theatre. With Ruined Theatre, she’s able to achieve that goal.
More than just wanting to put on great shows, however, Ruined Theatre wants to put on shows that are accessible, for new audiences. By performing in Lesnes Abbey, they’re able to bring open-air theatre to “a community that has historically had little access to professional theatre”. They also provide discounted tickets to local residents and have partnered up with Peabody Housing Association to provide 300 free tickets to people unable to attend due to financial circumstances.
Previous productions from the theatre company have included adaptations of Roald Dahl’s works (Witches and Revolting Rhymes) as well as the fantastical Ally In Wonderland.
What’s the play about?
Well, as much as we fancy our own writing skills – we’ll hand it over to Ruined Theatre themselves to explain the plot of their new show:
When Peter first lands in Neverland he finds himself onboard the Jolly Roger with a power hungry pirate Captain and his crew. With the help of the fairies, Neverland creatures and the lost boys he is now faced with his biggest challenge of all, finding home, but first… Can he save Neverland?
It’s all the usual madness, fairies, and conflict we’ve come to know and love the stories of Peter Pan for. Just set within a ruin, for extra dramatic flair! Families will be captivated by Ruined Theatre’s special mix of magic, puppetry, and a little bit of fairy dust.
Peter Pan & The Battle for Neverland is suitable for all ages, and relaxed performances are also available. There are also discounted tickets available for local residents. Don’t miss out, head to their website to find out how you can grab your tickets!
Performances of Peter Pan & The Battle for Neverland will take place at Lesnes Abbey from August 4-20. Times vary, with performances taking place at 10am, 12pm, and 1pm.
Lesnes Abbey can be found at Lesnes Abbey Woods, New Road, SE2 0AX. The nearest station is Abbey Wood.