Winter 2013-14 | December 2013 - February 2014


Book, Music and Lyrics by Phil Willmott

Arrangements and Additional Music by Mark Collins.

Tuesday, 31 December 2013 – Saturday, 11 January 2014

And at Charing Cross Theatre
Monday, 13 January - Saturday, 15 February 2014

Please book for the Charing Cross Theatre transfer run

The professional world premiere

Part of the Finborough Theatre's
Celebrating British Music Theatre and THEGREATWAR100 series'

A stirring, controversial and unexpected opening to a year commemorating the centenary of the Great War, the world premiere of Lost Boy, a new British musical from Phil Willmott – following the huge success of his musical Once Upon a Time at the Adelphi, in Liverpool, London and the USA.

A dark sequel to Peter Pan reuniting J. M. Barrie's characters as young adults on the eve of the First World War.

How has their extraordinary childhood equipped them for reality?

And how much does the child we were inform the adult we become?

Peter Pan was the Harry Potter of the golden age of Edwardian children's literature. Tickets to Barrie's play and copies of the book sold in huge quantities with hardly a nursery in the Empire left untouched by the phenomenon. But when those children grew to adulthood, the world they encountered was a far cry from the utopia of Never Never Land.

How did exposure to J. M. Barrie's masterpiece equip an army of frightened young men to deal with the horrors of trench warfare...and the complexities of grown up relationships?

The culture clash between the enchantment of childhood fantasy and real life provides a rich vein for humour and drama as this original story explores the hopes and dreams of one particular young officer on the eve of battle with a copy of Peter Pan in his pocket. As sleep begins to blur his dreams and reality, fact and fiction become entangled and he finds himself central to one final “awfully big adventure" with the grown-up Wendy, John, Michael and Tinker Bell.

Willmott’s original songs – blending a contemporary music theatre style with music hall influences – have been arranged into a score with additional music by Mark Collins, Assistant Musical Director on the West End production of Billy Elliot The Musical (Victoria Palace Theatre) whose recent work in new musical theatre writing includes Dougal Irvine's The Other School (St James' Theatre for National Youth Music Theatre), Wah! Wah! Girls (Kneehigh and Sadler's Wells at Leicester Curve, Peacock Theatre, London and UK Tour) and Rifco's Britain's Got Bhangra (Theatre Royal, Stratford East and UK Tour).


Phil Willmott is one of the most commissioned musical theatre writers in the UK with original musicals currently in development at Shakespeare’s Globe, Bristol Old Vic, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse and the New Wolsey Ipswich. His past musicals include Secret Love (National Tour) Once Upon a Time at The Adelphi (Liverpool, London and U.S.) and the widely and regularly revived Dick Barton Trilogy, Around The World In Eighty Days and Jason And The Argonauts. He is a multi-award winning director, artistic director, playwright, composer, librettist, teacher, dramaturg, arts journalist and occasional actor. He is founding Artistic Director of award winning theatre company The Steam Industry incorporating the Finborough Theatre (under the Artistic Directorship of Neil McPherson) and the London's annual Free Theatre Festival at the open-air "Scoop" amphitheatre on the South Bank. He has international directing career incorporates everything from classical drama, musicals and family shows to cabaret and cutting edge new writing. He is a recipient of a TMA Award for outstanding direction of a musical, a Peter Brook Award for his outdoor classical productions and family shows, WhatsOnStage award nominations for best regional and Off West End productions, a Broadway World nomination for Best Musical in the UK, a Brooks Atkinson/Royal Court award in New York for Playwriting and four Spirit of Broadway awards.


In 2006, the Finborough Theatre began the Celebrating British Music Theatre series with a sell-out production of Leslie Stuart’s Florodora. Productions since then have included sell-out rediscoveries of Lionel Monckton’s Our Miss Gibbs, Harold Fraser-Simson’s operetta The Maid of the Mountains, A "Gilbert and Sullivan" Double Bill featuring Gilbert’s play Sweethearts and Sullivan’s opera The Zoo, Dame Ethel Smyth’s opera The Boatswain’s Mate, Sandy Wilson’s The Buccaneer, Oscar Asche’s Chu Chin Chow, Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley's The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd, Ivor Novello's Perchance to Dream and Gay's The Word, Gilbert and Sullivan's The Grand Duke, Edward German's Merrie England and Paul Scott Goodman's Rooms: A Rock Romance. Other productions include the professional world premiere of Ivor Novello's operetta Valley of Song in January 2014.


THEGREATWAR100 series is a new occasional series of works to be presented by the Finborough Theatre from 2014 to 2018 to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. Other productions include the professional world premiere of Ivor Novello's operetta Valley of Song in January 2014.


Steven Butler | Captain George Llewellyn Davies and Peter Pan

Trained at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.

Theatre includes The Wizard of Oz (London Palladium), The Tempest (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (National Tour), High Society (National Tour), Horrid Henry (National Tour), F**king Men (King’s Head Theatre and Arts Theatre), Naked Boys Singing (King’s Head Theatre and Arts Theatre), Bent (Tabard Theatre), Macbeth (Northcott Theatre, Exeter), Peter Pan (Marlowe Theatre Arena, Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon, and The Grove, Dunstable), Mine (Haymarket Theatre, Leicester), Mother Goose (Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford), Disney Dreams, The Golden Mickeys Hercules (Disney Cruise Line), Jack and the Beanstalk, The Big Adventure (The Theatre, Chipping Norton) and Aladdin (Qdos).

 Film includes Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Television includes Animalates, Wishing with Dandelions and Crimewatch.

Lauren Cocoracchio | Lost Wife Mabel, Lost Boy Twin 2 and Dance Captain

Trained at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.

Theatre includes Dancing in My Dreams (National Tour), Sleeping Beauty (Theatre Royal Newcastle) Family 2.0 (Ovalhouse), Cinderella (Shaw Theatre), Heroes and Villains (New Wimbledon Theatre) and Legends (New Wimbledon Theatre).

Television includes Killer.

Grace Gardner | Wendy Darling

Trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

Theatre includes Sister Act (National Tour) and Jekyll and Hyde (National Tour).

Hannah Grace | Lost Wife Lady Edith

Trained at Arts Educational Schools, London.

Theatre includes Phantom of the Opera (National Tour), La Boheme (Soho Theatre), Love Beyond (Brighton Centre) My Fair Lady (Kilworth House Theatre), The Pirates of Penzance (Kilworth House Theatre) and Aladdin (Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells).

Concerts include Doctor Who Prom (Royal Albert Hall).

Richard James-King | Lost Boy Curly and John Darling

Trained at Guildford School of Acting.

Theatre includes Children of Eden (Prince of Wales Theatre), West End Men (Vaudeville Theatre) and Dirty Dancing (Future Cinema at Hackney Downs Park).

Natalie Lipin | Lost Wife Cissie and Tiger Lilly

Trained at Guildford School of Acting.

Theatre includes Avenue Q (Charlotte Theatre, Seoul), Flahooley (Sadler’s Wells Theatre), Crazy For You (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), Call Me Madam (Union Theatre) and The Fix (Union Theatre).

Luka Markus | Lost Boy Nibs and Dance Captain

Trained at Guildford School of Acting.

Theatre includes Footloose (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre), Dirty Nights (European Tour), Grease (Slovenian Tour), Eine Nacht In Vendig (Slovenian National Opera and Ballet Theatre) and Jesus Christ Superstar (Ivy Arts Centre).

Max Panks | Tootles

Trained at the London College of Music.

Theatre includes Tess of the D’Urbervilles the Musical (Park Theatre), Frankenstein - The Rock Opera (Ye Old Rose and Crown Theatre) and 1967 Summer of Love (Pullens Centre).

David Scotland | Lost Boy Slightly

Trained at Bird College.

Theatre includes Geek! – A New Musical (Tristan Bates Theatre) and Dick Whittington (Children’s Tour).

Joseph Taylor | Lost Boy Twin 1 and Michael Darling

Trained at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.

Theatre includes Peter Pan the Musical (Trinity Theatre), They’re Playing Our Song (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford) and Scott Mills: The Musical (Pleasance One, Edinburgh).

Film includes Kidnap.

Andrew C. Wadsworth | Captain Hook and Mr. Darling

Theatre includes Kiss Me Kate (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) for which he received an Olivier Award Nomination for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Fred/Petruchio, Javert in Les Miserables (Palace Theatre), Judas in Godspell (Prince of Wales Theatre and Phoenix Theatre), Songbook (Globe Theatre), Anthony in Sweeney Todd (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Curly in Oklahoma! (Palace Theatre), Nigel in Pass the Butler (Globe Theatre), the original Eddie in Blood Brothers (Lyric Theatre, London), Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls (Prince of Wales Theatre), Lt. Joe Cable in South Pacific (Prince of Wales Theatre), Georges in Marguerite (Theatre Royal Haymarket), the title role in Dick Barton Special Agent (National Tour), Spencer Wylie in Betrayal of Nora Blake (Jermyn Street Theatre), Alderman Fitzwarren in Dick Whittington (Sadler’s Wells Theatre), Zipp (Duchess Theatre) and The Go Between (Trafalgar Studios).

Roles at the National Theatre include Andrew in Coming In To Land, Tony Lumpkin in She Stoops to Conquer, Julien in Martine, Adam in Rough Crossing, Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls and Dolabella in Antony and Cleopatra. 

For Music Theatre London in Britain, Holland, Belgium, Germany and Austria, he played The Don in Don Giovanni, Papageno in The Magic Flute, The Count in Figaro, Germont Pere in La Traviata and Alidoro in La Cenerentola.
  Other theatre includes the one-man play Nymphs and Shepherds (Etcetera Theatre), Twelfth Night (Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh), Right Royal Farce (King’s Head Theatre), Lady and the Tiger (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond) and Heathcliffe Bultitude in Radio Times (Watermill Theatre, Newbury).

Film includes Oh Happy Day and Stranded.

Television includes Victorian Scandals, Peak Practice, Wings and The Marriage of Figaro.
Radio includes appearing as a Guest Soloist in Les Miserables and Polishing the Sun, Cardinal Cibo in The Lorenzaccio Story and Emile Daenaker in the award winning Killing Maestros. 

Directing includes A Bowl of Cherries (Charing Cross Theatre), A Comedy of Arias (Jermyn Street Theatre and King’s Head Theatre) and Aladdin (Milton Keynes Theatre). Other directing includes Assassins, Sauce for the Goose, Threepenny Opera, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Sweeney Todd, Man of La Mancha, This Thing Called Love, Billy and Nativity in Creakebottom (Slingshot Theatre). He was Resident Director on Zipp (Duchess Theatre) and Dick Barton (National Tour).

Joanna Woodward | Tinker Bell and Lost Wife Gwendolyn

Trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama.

Theatre includes Merrily We Roll Along (Harold Pinter Theatre and the Menier Chocolate Factory), The Hurly Burly Show (Duchess Theatre), An Evening of Burlesque (National Tour), Little Shop of Horrors (Kilworth House Theatre), Sleeping Beauty (Newbury Corn Exchange), Puss in Boots (Newbury Corn Exchange), Pages: Promised Land (Union Theatre), Medea (The Scoop) and The Adventures of Jason and the Argonauts (The Scoop).

Cabaret includes Chinese New Year (London Hippodrome), Baroque (Playboy Club London), Voix De Ville (Proud Cabaret City), Killing Kittens (Proud Cabaret Camden), WamBam (Cafe de Paris) and Mat Ricardo's London Varieties (Leicester Square Theatre).


“This is a brilliant musical...A spectacular triumph” James Hodgson, Everything Theatre

“Phil Willmott’s new musical is a bold reimagining of the Peter Pan story...The timing is neat: Phil Willmott’s new musical opened on January 2, forging a link between Christmas shows and the centenary commemorations of the first world war.” Sarah Hemming, The Financial Times

“Thought-provoking and frequently disturbing...A powerful start to a year of great drama planned nationally to commemorate the centenary of the start of the Great War" Anne Cox, Leighton Buzzard Observer

“Exciting from beginning to end” Senne Vercouteren, A Younger Theatre

“Artfully structured and packed with strong, musical numbers that drive the narrative... Confidently blending musical styles, epic themes and riveting drama” Paul Vale, The Stage

“Entertaining, thought-provoking and beautifully performed” Gary Naylor, Broadway World

“A musical that will leave a lasting impression” Anne Cox, Leighton Buzzard Observer

“Thought provoking and inspiring” Carolin Kopplin, UK Theatre Network

“Fantastic and fantastical touches” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

“Excellent songs...very good performances” Life In The Cheap Seats

“Hugely impressive all round. Great performances, great songs, great design and an original and clever storyline...A brilliant musical and one that – for so many reasons – I highly encourage you all to see, either at the Finborough or at the Charing Cross Theatre when it transfers there later this month. A tremendous start to 2014!” James Hodgson, Everything Theatre

“There are some excellent songs and for me this is its greatest strength.” Gareth James, Gareth’s Culture and Travel Blog

“An ambitious and complex work full of imaginative ideas...This is a stimulating start to a year which will see the First World War often memorialised and sets a standard for other shows to match.” Howard Loxton, The British Theatre Guide

“One might say that the tiny Finborough’s fame exceeds its seating capacity like no other London venue, and at the very start of the First World War’s centenary (1914-2014) it once again proves to be a place to look out for. Phil Willmott writes, composes and directs Lost Boy, a musical journey documenting what might have happened if Peter Pan and the other lost boys had to face the horrors of war.” Senne Vercouteren, A Younger Theatre

“The fine 12-strong cast, led by Steven Butler’s agonised George, fill the space with song.” Sarah Hemming, The Financial Times

“Phil Willmott's poignant musical is full of good ideas” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

“Willmott’s engaging new musical...Willmott tempers Lost Boy’s emotional spectrum with a strong sense of theatricality, confidently blending musical styles, epic themes and riveting drama.” Paul Vale, The Stage

“Stand out performances from Joanna Woodward as Tinker Bell, Grace Gardner as Wendy and Joseph Taylor as Michael.” Paul Vale, The Stage

“There are some very good performances, most notably Joanna Woodward as Tinker Bell” Gareth James, Gareth’s Culture and Travel Blog

“Joseph Taylor especially effective as Michael.” Howard Loxton, The British Theatre Guide

“Particular mentions must go to the brilliant Joseph Taylor” James Hodgson, Everything Theatre

“Attractive performances by a talented and hard-working young cast” Gerald Berkowitz, Theatre Guide London

“Veteran Andrew C Wadsworth floats with seemingly effortless authority through the roles of Barrie, Mr. Darling and Captain Hook.” Gerald Berkowitz, Theatre Guide London

“Grace Gardner has a show-stopping number as Wendy” Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard

“An excellent production with an outstanding cast” Carolin Kopplin, UK Theatre Network

“The darkness of the show's vision is compelling and the cast attack the material with gusto.” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian


“Phil Willmott's excellent revival” Michael Billington, The Guardian on Loyalties

“Phil Willmott’s graceful and impeccably detailed production” Lucy Powell, Time Out on Loyalties

“Willmott’s production is gripping and pacey” Sam Marlowe, The Times on Loyalties

“Phil Willmott proves why he is one of the most versatile, best and amazingly prolific directors around" The Guardian

"It's hard to top a Phil Willmott show" The Daily Mail

“Triumphant…a production bursting with theatrical atmosphere” Carole Woddis, What’s On in London on Trelawny

“An exuberant celebration of the irrepressible urge to make theatre” Michael Portillo, The New Statesman on Trelawny

“A serious, stimulating and timely revival.” Paul Taylor, The Independent on The Lower Depths

“An accomplished, intelligent staging.” Sam Marlowe, The Times on The Lower Depths

“Phil Willmott’s fast, punchy production” Mark Shenton, The Stage on F***ing Men

“Phil Willmott’s direction is impressively sleek” Time Out on F***ing Men

“Willmott’s sensitive production.” Financial Times on The Notebook of Trigorin

“Beautifully lucid direction from Phil Wilmott.” WhatsOnStage on The American Clock

“An engrossing production from Finborough favourite Phil Willmott.” British Theatre Guide on The American Clock


“This is that frighteningly rare thing: an entirely original new British musical, not based on a pre-existing film story and/or existing pop catalogue...The result? A musical that has arrived at the Liverpool Playhouse that is actually ready for proper public exposure” Mark Shenton, The Stage Online

“Once Upon a Time at the Adelphi has everything. Great songs, high-energy dancing, a wonderful set, humour, pathos, history, glamour, you name it.... Do yourself a favour. Go." Liverpool Echo.

“Phil Willmott’s vividly characterised, poignantly told and appealingly tuneful show is original and the best new musical to hail from the city since Blood Brothers” ★★★★ The Sunday Express

“A remarkable achievement” ★★★★ The Independent

“Willmott knows how to pen a tune… Once In A Lifetime, whose swelling melody is hot-wired directly to the tear-ducts, should be designated the official anthem of the Capital of Culture” ★★★★ The Guardian


Tuesday, 31 December 2013 – Saturday, 11 January 2014

Tuesday to Saturday Evenings at 7.30pm.
Sunday Matinees at 3.00pm.
Saturday Matinees 3.00pm (on 11 January 2014 only).

Performance Length: Approximately 2 hours with one interval of 15 minutes.


31 December - 11 January

Tickets £16, £14 concessions

except Tuesday Evenings £14 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £16 all seats.
Previews (31 December and 1 January) £12 all seats.

£10 tickets for Under 30's for performances from Tuesday to Sunday of the first week when booked online only.

£12 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on Saturday, 4 January 2014 when booked online only.

For details of our Returns Policy for sold out performances, please click here


Monday, 13 January – Saturday, 15 February 2014

Charing Cross Theatre (formerly New Players Theatre)
The Arches, Villiers Street, London WC2N 6NL

Box Office 08444 930650 (booking fee applies). Book online at (booking fee applies). Or in person at Charing Cross Theatre (no booking fee applies)

Mondays to Saturday evenings at 7:30pm. Saturday Matinees at 3.00pm.

Tickets: £15.00 - £24.50 (note: slips at £15.00; balcony - £19.50 and stalls £24.50)

Directed by Phil Willmott

Musical Direction by Isaac McCullough

Choreography by Racky Plews

Musical Supervision by Mark Collins

Designed by Phil Lindley

Lighting by Miguel Vicente

Presented by Steven M. Levy and The Steam Industry in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre.