Finding your way to Neverland

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The world premiere of the musical Finding Neverland comes to Leicester later this month, thanks to a legendary film producer.

The stage version of the 2004 Johnny Depp movie runs at the futuristic Curve theatre from September 22 to October 13, before it goes to London’s West End.

World premiere of Finding Neverland at the Curve Theatre, Leicester.  The Mayor of Leicester, Peter Soulsby with Producer Harvey Weinstein and  Director Rob Ashford at the launch

World premiere of Finding Neverland at the Curve Theatre, Leicester. The Mayor of Leicester, Peter Soulsby with Producer Harvey Weinstein and Director Rob Ashford at the launch

It has cost a mammoth £7 million to create the world of pirate ships sailing across the stage, mermaids dancing and magical gardens.

A production of that scope needs a strong hand at the helm – and this show has one of the strongest.

Hollywood giant Harvey Weinstein is the man behind Miramax, the multiple Oscar winning company responsible for films such as The Artist, Shakespeare in Love, Good Will Hunting, and many more.

He has teamed up with Olivier and Tony Award winning director/choreographer Rob Ashford (Guys and Dolls, Anna Christie) to bring the show to the multi-million pound venue.

The show is described as the feel-good musical for families and grown-ups who haven’t fully grown up!

The story begins the day after James Barrie’s new play The Wedding Guest has flopped.

Walking with his dog Porthos in Kensington Gardens he meets beautiful widow Sylvia Llewellyn Davies, and her four boys Jack, George, Michael and Peter.

Inspired by their hilarious and fun-filled misadventures he creates the magical and beloved world of Peter Pan.

Rising stars Julian Ovenden (BBC Proms and Foyle’s War) and Rosalie Craig (Ragtime – Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park) lead the cast.

Tickets are £14.50 to £34.50 (discounts available), available on 0116 242 3595 or www.curveonline.co.uk