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Big stage beckons for a star

SOLIHULL-BORN actress Samantha Hopkins is flying high after being cast as Jane, Wendy Darling’s daughter, in a brand new London production of Peter Pan marking the book’s centenary.

SOLIHULL-BORN actress Samantha Hopkins is flying high after being cast as Jane, Wendy Darling’s daughter, in a brand new London production of Peter Pan marking the book’s centenary.

It’s being performed this summer in a specially designed 1,100-seater pavilion in Kensington Gardens and is the first time any theatrical performance has taken place in the original setting for J M Barrie’s classic children’s novel about the boy who wouldn’t grown up.

Samantha, now 28, grew up in the area and is a former pupil at King’s High in Warwick.

Since leaving drama school, she’s had leading roles in a number of short films and numerous theatre credits.

In 2007, she was selected as a finalist for the prestigious Alan Bates Bursary offered by the Actor’s Centre in London.

Like an updated planetarium, the production uses groundbreaking technology to project 360 degree scenery onto the inside of the entire pavilion ceiling bringing all the magical aspects of Neverland to life.

Audiences can virtually fly with Peter to Neverland, stand on the deck of Hook’s ship and soar high over Kensington Gardens in the heart of Edwardian London.

The show runs until 30 August.

To book tickets log onto www.visitlondon.com/peterpan or call 0871 386 1122.

 

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