The revered dramatist is writing the lyrics for a new children’s show called Where’s Peter Rabbit? that will star puppets, like the hit stage shows War Horse and The Lion King, and he is aiming to avoid sugary sentiment as he tackles these favourites of the nursery bookshelf.
The two darkly creative minds of Ayckbourn and Potter are well-matched, according to Roger Glossop, who is devising and designing the show at his Lake District theatre. Ayckbourn, he argues, has the wicked sense of humour needed for handling Potter’s often rather brutal tales, and his satirical eye was drawn to the project by Potter’s unflinching vision of “nature, red in tooth and claw”, as much as by the enduring charm of Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck, Jeremy Fisher or Mrs Tiggy-Winkle. More