Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan
comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). A wildly theatrical adaptation
of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novels, the play was conceived for the stage by
directors, Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, and written by Rick Elice, with music by Wayne
Barker. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes,
Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair… and the bonds of
friendship, duty and love.
A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by
the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, which
contains a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young
girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is
starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the
ship is taken over by pirates – led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim
the trunk and its treasure for his own – the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.
Featuring a dozen actors portraying more than 100 unforgettable characters, Peter and the
Starcatcher uses ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination to bring the
story to life. It can be expanded or pared down technically to fit the specific needs and abilities
of any theatre company.