Peter and Alice, John Logan's new play starring Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw, opens tonight, 25 March, at the West End's Noël Coward Theatre. The play is the second in the Michael Grandage season of plays at the theatre, following on from a successful run of Privates On Parade starring Simon Russell Beale.
Peter and Alice expands on a chance meeting between the real-life Alice in Wonderland, Alice Liddell Hargreaves, and the real-life Peter Pan, Peter Llewelyn Davies, at the opening of a Lewis Carroll exhibition in 1932. Enchantment and reality collide as this brief encounter lays bare the lives of these two extraordinary characters.
The play presents a very different but no-less essential coupling of its two lead actors than did their recent get-together as M and Q in Bond flick Skyfall.
Dench has form with Grandage, having worked with the feted director on Madame De Sade at Wyndham's Theatre. Whishaw's previous stage credits include the Royal Court's production of Cock in London and New York, and Off-Broadway in The Pride.
The remaining cast of Peter and Alice includes Olly Alexander, Ruby Bentall, Stefano Braschi, Nicholas Farrell and Derek Riddell.
Demand for tickets has been exceptionally high, so early booking is advised.