So that rumored John Logan’s play starring Whishaw and Dench has been confirmed. The premise is not as bonkers as I initially thought, it’s not Peter Pan meeting with Alice from Alice in Wonderland, but the real people who are the inspiration for the two characters meeting each other. The synopsis:
When Alice Liddell Hargreaves met Peter Llewelyn Davies at the opening of a Lewis Carroll exhibition in 1932, the original Alice in Wonderland came face to face with the original Peter Pan. In John Logan’s remarkable new play, enchantment and reality collide as this brief encounter lays bare the lives of these two extraordinary characters.
In other Ben Whishaw related news, the release date for Cloud Atlas has been moved forward from December to October 26th, in part because Warner Bros is encouraged by positive audience response during early screenings. December is notorious for a lot of films being released to qualify for the Oscars, so maybe the studio doesn’t want to risk Cloud Atlas getting lost in the crowd.
By a different source than the New York Post. The Telegraph reports that the John Logan play, still untitled, is expected to open in West End this fall, before transferring to Broadway. The play is described as “about Lewis Carroll’s character looking back on her life” and “boldly original”. The Telegraph article does not mention what character Whishaw will be playing.
I’m not sure how accurate this item is, (it’s the New York Post after all!), but supposedly Judi Dench has signed on to do a play with the writer of Skyfall, John Logan, about an aging Alice (yes, that Alice, from “Alice in Wonderland”). And Whishaw is supposedly playing Peter Pan. Errr, what? Peter Pan in “Alice in Wonderland’? Hmmm, seems dodgy. But maybe the play is about Alice feeling jealous that Peter Pan never grows old, while she ages, heh. I really, really want this to be true (Dench and Whishaw, on stage together), but I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Judi Dench as Ophelia in an Old Vic production of Hamlet (1957)
Judi Dench as Gertrude in a National Theatre production of Hamlet (1989), with Daniel Day Lewis as Hamlet.
Ben Whishaw as Hamlet in an Old Vic production of Hamlet (2004).