The inspiration for a holiday Broadway musical event on NBC starring Allison Williams and Christopher Walken: The enchanting story of a boy who wouldn’t grow up and the girl he promised to always remember
One magical night, the Darling children––Wendy, John, and Michael––are visited by two mischievous denizens of Neverland, an island of the imagination where pirates prowl the Mermaids’ Lagoon and fairies live so long as children believe in them. Peter Pan and his loyal, lightning-quick companion, Tinker Bell, have come for Peter’s shadow, captured the previous night by Nana, the children’s Newfoundland nanny. The pair leaves not just with the shadow, but with Wendy and her brothers, as well, whisking them away to Neverland to join the Lost Boys in their war against the evil Captain Hook.
J. M. Barrie created the character of Peter Pan to entertain a young family he regularly met in Kensington Gardens. Over the course of two novels and a play, he turned a whimsical idea into one of the most cherished literary characters of all time.
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J. M. Barrie (1860–1937) was a Scottish author best known for creating Peter Pan. Born in the small town of Kirriemuir, Barrie was the ninth of ten children. When he was six years old, his older brother David died just before turning fourteen. Both Barrie and his mother took comfort in the idea that David would remain a boy forever, never growing old. Barrie never had children of his own, but was the legal guardian of five brothers, known collectively as the Davies boys, who are widely recognized as the inspiration for the character of Peter Pan.