Peter Pan Musical Play Ages 10 to Adult
by David Barrett, Script only
Based on the original play by JM Barrie, this delightful new adaptation will delight your audiences and no flying is necessary. All performance royalties go to Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital. This is a full-length show, lasting around 100 minutes and is suitable for children aged 10 to adult. There are lots of speaking roles and a large chorus.
Peter Pan, copyright 1937, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London.
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Peter Pan Script by David Barrett
Peter Pan – Dramatis Personae
Mr George Darling
Mrs Mary Darling
Liza, the Maid (pronounced as if short for Eliza)
The Lost Boys:
Tootles, the humblest of the band
Slightly, a genius and conceited, plumper than the others
Curly, a brave scallywag
Nibs, debonair and well-spoken
Chorus of Lost Boys
Tinker Bell, the fairy
Chorus of Pirates
Chorus of lights and shadows
Synopsis of Scenes
Scene 1 14, Montague Place, the Nursery at Bedtime
Scene 2 The Island of Neverland
Scene 3 Marooner’s Rock
Scene 4 The Home Under the Ground
Scene 5 The Deck of the Jolly Roger
Scene 6 14, Montague Place, the Nursery
Underscore Piano Music
Song 1 Dark is the Winter’s Night
Song 2 On My Island of Neverland (Peter, chorus and dancers)
Song 3 The Pirates’ Song
Dance Indian Warpath Music
Song 4 This is How My Life Will Always Be (Tinker Bell)
Song 5 Song to the Moon (Mermaids)
Song 6 Look Beyond Tomorrow (Wendy and Chorus)
Song 7 At last I Have You in My Power (Hook)
Song 8 Halt! Who goes There? (Pirates)
Underscore Piano Music
Song 9 It’s Hard to Say Goodbye
Scene 1 14 Montague Place, Bloomsbury, London. Bedtime
The scene opens in the Darling children's nursery. One side is a large open window, with velvet curtains moving gently in the breeze, and Wendy’s bed. The other two beds are on the opposite side. Upstage is a door opening on to the day nursery, where Mrs Darling is playing the piano and another door to the landing. Wendy is sitting on her bed trying to read a book while John and Michael are having a pillow fight on their beds.
MUSIC Underscore Piano Music (The sound of piano music off.)
JOHN Come on, then, pirate. Show your mettle.
MICHAEL Take that, you black-hearted cut-throat. You'll not get away with your evil deeds.
(Michael takes a swing at John with his pillow but loses his balance and falls off the bed they are both standing on).
JOHN I'm really shivering in my boots, can't you see. (He shivers violently)
(Michael, whose feelings have been hurt, begins to sob, raises himself off the floor and gives pursuit.)
MICHAEL I'll teach you a lesson, John Darling. You may be bigger than me but I'm tough, you'll see.
JOHN (Fleeing from John in mock alarm and knocking Wendy's book out of her hand)
I'm not John Darling, I'm Cut-throat Carew of the black ship, ‘Hell’s Mouth’, and you're supposed to be a fierce pirate, remember?
WENDY Stop this nonsense, you've made me lose my page. Settle down, it's time Michael was in bed.
MICHAEL But that's not fair - it's not eight o'clock yet, Wendy.
WENDY No, but it will be by the time you've had your bath. Now, off you go.
MICHAEL Oh Wendy, you're not my mother you know.
WENDY No, but you know mother wishes me to help out while she is not feeling well. And you should be settling down and reading your book now John Darling.
JOHN Oh, alright then, but you're such a spoilsport.
(The piano music stops)
WENDY Look, now you've disturbed Mother. She won't be pleased, you know. All your talk of pirates and fighting, you know how it upsets her.
(Enter Mrs Darling, dressed in her best ball gown)
Oh, Mother, you do look lovely.
MOTHER Why, thank you, dear. Oh, children, you are so good to get yourselves ready for bed without even being asked. It's a great help, you know, when we are getting ready to go out. (Looking towards the window)
My goodness! Did you see that?
MOTHER I saw a face – a face at the window – and a little hand on the curtain.
(She runs to the window to investigate and John follows.)
JOHN Mother, there's nothing there. And how could there be? The nursery is on the third floor. You know that.
MOTHER But darling, I know what I saw. It was a face – a little boy's face. I've seen it before, you know.
(Wendy and John exchange a glance. Enter Mr D unseen by Mrs D)
Last week I came in here to turn down the beds and I saw a little boy jump out of the window.
FATHER Mary, have you seen my cufflinks?
MOTHER Why, yes, I got them out ready for you, dear. They are on the dressing table.
FATHER Oh and do help me with my tie, it has a mind of its own.
WENDY Do hurry, father, you'll be late for your dinner party. I’ll help you with your tie.
(She begins to tie it for him.)
FATHER Thank you, Wendy. (As the tie is being tied)
Now dear, what is all this nonsense about a boy at the window?
MOTHER Oh, nothing, dear, just a flight of fancy, I suppose.
MICHAEL (Entering in his bath-towel) It must be a goblin.
FATHER A what?
WENDY You know a goblin, like Rumpelstiltskin. They can fly, can’t they?
(Finishing the tie.) There, that’s much neater.
FATHER Thank you, dear. (Gives her a peck on the cheek)
JOHN Of course they can fly – in fairy tale books.
FATHER Poppycock! Just children’s make-believe.
MICHAEL I can fly, too. (Starts to pretend to fly around the room, making aeroplane noises).
FATHER (To Mrs D, crossly) Now just you look here - children are excitable enough creatures and their imaginations do not need to be fuelled with horror stories about children dying and the like. (Softening his tone) You know you’ve not been well. I expect those pills you’ve been taking have upset you.
MOTHER Yes dear, I suppose you are right. Michael, do cease that din, at once!
FATHER Now, you children, into bed – (They stand defiantly as if they are about to argue)
(In his sternest voice) At the double!
CHILDREN Yes, father! (They do so.)
FATHER Goodnight children! And don’t cause your mother any fuss. We have to leave soon. (Exits)
(Simultaneously Liza, the maid, enters, carrying some pillowcases. They meet in the doorway and Liza rudely pushes past him. He glares at her.)
MOTHER Ah Liza, you good girl, you’ve remembered the pillow-cases.
LIZA Did you think I’d forget, Madam? I’m not daft you know. I brought Michael’s medicine as well.
MOTHER (Taking the medicine from Liza) Thank you, Liza.
(Liza starts to put the pillow-cases on the pillows)
WENDY I’ll do it, Mother. He’ll take it from me. (Snatching the bottle)
MOTHER Don’t snatch, dear, It’s rude!
WENDY Come, Michael, medicine time.
MICHAEL Oh no, not again, I only just took the last dose.
WENDY That was at lunch-time, Michael. Come on – do it for Wendy.
(She takes a sugar lump from her pocket, out of sight of the others, and lets Michael see it.)
MICHAEL Oh, very well. Make it quick.(John laughs with glee and Michael coughs. She fills the spoon and makes him swallow the lot, quickly. Then she slips him the sugar lump.) Yuk!
MOTHER And now into bed. There’s just time for a quick song. (They do so.)
FATHER (Off-stage) Mary are you coming, dear? We must leave now.
MOTHER A very quick song.
Song 1 Dark is the Winter’s Night
Verse 1 (Mrs Darling):
Would you climb the highest mountain, would you cross the widest sea?
Would you step into a lion’s den to show you care for me?
When the sky turns black and time stands still, you feel you’re quite alone;
If you just look behind you’ll find I’ll be there to follow in your steps and guide you home.
Verse 2 (Wendy):
Would you walk across a desert, would you jump a deep ravine?
Would you swim a raging torrent just to save someone like me?
When you’re tired and cold and hungry and you feel the end is near,
If you pick up your feet and hold your head high you’ll find the will to overcome your fear.
Verse 3 (John):
Would you walk into a jungle, would you fight the fiercest bear?
Would you walk into a haunted house and hope to find me there?
And if after searching high and low you find you’re still alone,
If you quicken your pace and lengthen your stride you’ll surely find a friend to guide you on.
Dark is the winter’s night when northern winds blow cold,
Wind blown snow drifts across your path and covers your way back home.
Smile and the sun will shine and guide you through the day,
Put your faith in the ones you trust and you’ll find you’re not alone on your way.
During this song Peter Pan enters with Tinker Bell and the audience sees them eavesdropping on the scene. As the song comes to a close, Tink puts her head on Peter’s shoulder.
FATHER Mary! Are you coming or do I attend the dinner party alone?
MOTHER Coming, dear. Goodnight children. (She kisses each in turn, youngest first) You be sure to go straight to sleep after your story. Liza will read for you tonight.
(To Liza) Cinderella, from page 6 – the bit about the invitation. Goodbye dears. (Exits)
LIZA Right then, (fetching the book) page 6 it is. But you can only have two pages tonight – it’s getting late. (Reaction of dismay from children.)
(On the window ledge, Peter and Tink settle down to hear the story. Liza thumbs through the pages.)
She’s right, you know.
JOHN Who is? Cinderella?
LIZA No, your mother. It’s not the first time we’ve seen a little boy at the window.
LIZA Last Tuesday your mother and I heard a commotion in here and, when we opened the door we saw a boy tearing round the room at great speed, almost as if he were flying.
MICHAEL Wow! I wish I could fly.
LIZA (Beginning to sob) When he saw us, he jumped out of the window. Gave me such a turn it did. I though he was bound to be dead – but when we looked out into the street – it was empty.
JOHN You’re just pulling our legs. How can it be so?
LIZA Look, can you keep a secret?
CHILDREN Yes, of course we can. (And the like)
LIZA (Going to a drawer) Just before he jumped, your mother tried to close the window. She failed to trap the boy but just caught his shadow. Here, look.