Peter Pan and a 360-Degree CGI Set Coming to San Francisco on April 27th, 2010

[UPDATE: Box offices are open now in San Francisco - the one with no fees is by Embarcadero Station. And, it's a hit! Check it.]

Starting April 27th, 2010 down by San Francisco’s Ferry Building you’ll be able to see a live-action performance of Peter Pan with 22 actors inside a huge tent that will have projections on its walls. It’s new-school theatre in the round. You know, for kids

Check the video, see what you think. The whole shebang will run seven shows a week until July 4th at Embarcadero Plaza at the foot of Washington Street. Just go to Embarcadero and Market Street and look for the big white tent at Ferry (or is it Fairy?) Plaza (aka Sue Bierman Park) - you wont be able to miss it.

Tickets on sale now. It’s going to be mega.

Here’s what it will look like:

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And here’s the schematic:

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If you’re still reading, you probably have a few questions. All the deets after the jump.

See you there!

And oh, here’s Robert Hurwitt’s take

A Theatrical Adventure
Performed in The threesixty° Theater at Ferry Park

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Limited 10 week run beginning April 27, 2010

peterpantheshow.com
Tickets Go On Sale Sunday, December 6

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(SAN FRANCISCO)….Beginning April 27, 2010, San Francisco will host the U.S. premiere of a spectacular new stage production of PETER PAN, J.M. Barrie’s classic story performed in a state-of-the-art theater pavilion. Conceived by an award winning creative team and featuring 22 actors, stunning puppets, epic music, dazzling flying sequences and the world’s first 360 degree CGI theater set. PETER PAN is an extraordinary experience. Tickets go on sale Sunday, December 6th.

The entire interior is lit with over 15,000 square feet of Hi Resolution video so that both cast and audience are immersed in a CGI Neverland. When Peter and Wendy fly to Neverland the audience flies with them over 400 square miles of virtual London and beyond.

One of the most striking elements of this new production of is the setting in which it is presented, The threesixty° Theater. The show is performed “in the round” in a 1350 seat theater-tent, which will stand in Ferry Park on the Embarcadero opposite The Ferry Building.  This remarkable and beautiful structure, designed especially for the world premiere of this production in London’s Kensington Gardens last summer, will be shipped 6,000 miles to San Francisco. 

PETER PAN at The threesixty° Theater will be an iconic destination on San Francisco’s historic waterfront. A magical park-like setting will be created that invites patrons to enhance their entertainment experience.  With refreshments available on-site, a behind the scenes “Into Neverland” tour and a free “100 Years of Peter Pan” exhibit, audiences will begin the journey before the performance commences.

“On behalf of the City and County of San Francisco, I am thrilled to welcome the U.S. debut of PETER PAN,” said Mayor Gavin Newsom. “The location of The threesixty° Theater opposite  The Ferry Building at the Embarcadero is a dynamic addition to a neighborhood already thriving as a destination for locals and tourists.  I look forward to seeing families from all over the Bay Area, and beyond, flock to the Theater to enjoy our exclusive experience of PETER PAN.”

threesixty° entertainment, a theatrical production company based in London with Charlie Burnell and Matthew Churchill as principals, commissioned a first class creative team to develop this production of PETER PAN.  Over 150,000 people experienced PETER PAN in the 16 weeks it played in Kensington Gardens.   One of the London Observers “Hot 10 Must Do” events for 2009, the show was described by The Daily Express as “An immensely thrilling ride. A gem to be enjoyed whether you are 8, 18 or 80.” PETER PAN captivated London audiences including an impressive parade of international celebrities who enthusiastically attended with their families throughout the summer.

“Following the success we enjoyed in London, we were looking for the right place to premiere PETER PAN in the U.S. and San Francisco is a perfect fit,” explained show producers Charlie Burnell and Mat Churchill. “San Francisco has demonstrated that it is a great city to launch new and distinctive theatre projects. This production is faithful to Barrie’s original story, yet reconceived with cutting edge technology to enthrall a 21st Century audience.”

Peter Pan, The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up, was created by Scottish novelist and playwright J.M. Barrie. One night, Peter flies into the London nursery of the Darling children, Wendy, John and Michael, teaches them to fly and leads them to the magical Neverland, “second to the right and straight on till morning”, where they live with Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys and meet the notorious Captain Hook. The tale of Peter Pan has been adapted many times including the Walt Disney animated film and a Broadway musical. However, it was not until this 2009 production, presented by threesixty° entertainment, that Peter Pan was performed in London’s Kensington Gardens, where Barrie was first inspired to create him and where the original statue of Peter Pan has stood since 1912. This 21st Century PETER PAN mixes history and magic in equal measure to present a Peter Pan story for adults and children alike.

PETER PAN, directed by Ben Harrison and designed by William Dudley, is adapted by Tanya Ronder from the J.M. Barrie story, with music composed by Benjamin Wallfisch.  Choreography is by Fleur Darkin, sound design by Gregory Clarke, lighting design by Mark Henderson, fight direction by Nicholas Hall, puppetry design by Sue Buckmaster and illusions by Paul Kieve.

By arrangement with the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Samuel French Limited, this production of PETER PAN is produced by Charlie Burnell and Mat Churchill for threesixty° entertainment.

About this production of PETER PAN

·        12 projectors, delivering 360 degree projection
·        10 million pixels
·        15,000 square feet of CGI
·        400 square miles of virtual London were rendered 
·        The largest surround CGI venue in the world
·        The world’s first fully 360 degree projected movie for live theater performance
·        The largest touring theater structure in the world – 100ft high
·        100 computers took 4 weeks to create the images – it would have taken 8 years for a single computer to render

PETER PAN Performance Schedule, April 27 – July 4, 2010:
Tuesday & Thursday at 7 PM
Wednesday at 1 PM
Friday at 7.30 PM
Saturday at 2 PM and 7:30 PM
Sunday at 1 PM and 5 PM

 
Tickets for PETER PAN, ranging in price from $30 to $85, will go on sale Sunday, Dec. 6. A $20 discount for children 12 and under is available for select performances. Tickets can be purchased online at peterpantheshow.com or by calling 1-888-ppantix (1-888-772-6849). For groups of 15 or more, please call 415-551-2020 or e-mail groupsales@shnsf.com.

For more information about PETER PAN, please visit peterpantheshow.com.

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