Peter and Alice
Written byJohn Logan
CharactersPeter Llewelyn Davies, Alice Liddell
Date premiered25 March 2013 (2013-03-25)
Place premieredNoël Coward Theatre, London
Original languageEnglish
SettingBookshop, London

Peter and Alice is a play by American writer John Logan based on the meeting of 80-year-old Alice Liddell and Peter Llewelyn Davies, then in his thirties, in a London bookshop in 1932, at the opening of a Lewis Carroll exhibition. It was first staged in London in March 2013, directed by Michael Grandage.


The play is based on a meeting between Alice Liddell Hargreaves, the woman who inspired Alice, and Peter Llewellyn Davies, one of the boys who inspired Peter Pan, at the opening of a Lewis Carroll exhibition in 1932. The play sees enchantment and reality collide as this brief encounter lays bare the lives of these two characters.

Original production

The original production was directed by Michael Grandage, staged at the Noël Coward Theatre in London in March 2013. The lead actors were Judi Dench as Alice and Ben Whishaw as Peter.[1]


Understudies included:


Reviews for the production were positive for the play. Michael Billington in The Guardian wrote: "It's not a play that shocks or startles by its insights, but the reward lies in watching Dench and Whishaw recreate the agony and the ecstasy of inherited fame.".[1] Charles Spencer in The Telegraph wrote: "It’s a beautiful and searching play that will live long in the memory".[2] Libby Purves in The Times wrote "A meeting of two childhood muses, played by Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw, breaks your heart open".[3]

However, there was some criticism of the play. Henry Hitchings in The Evening Standard wrote: "this is a piece that uses lush language to compensate for its lack of real dynamism".[4]

Other productions

Peter and Alice was staged by the small South Australian theatre company, Independent Theatre, which has an established relationship with Logan, in August 2014. Directed by Rob Croser, the production was staged at the Space Theatre at the Adelaide Festival Centre.[5] It was the company's 100th production, in their 30th year of existence. The lead roles were performed by Pam O’Grady and William Cox.[6] Reviews were generally good, with both the acting and Croser and David Roach's set design praised;[7][8] however one reviewer found it "a bit too practiced".[6]

Awards and nominations

London production

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref
2014 Laurence Olivier Award Best New Play Nominated [9]
Best Actress Judi Dench Nominated


  1. ^ a b Billington, Michael (25 March 2013). "Peter and Alice - review". Retrieved 13 June 2022.
  2. ^ Spencer, Charles (26 March 2013). "Peter and Alice, Noel Coward Theatre, review". Retrieved 13 June 2022.
  3. ^ Purves, Libby (26 March 2013). "Peter and Alice at the Noël Coward Theatre, WC2". Retrieved 13 June 2022.
  4. ^ Hitchings, Henry (26 March 2013). "Peter and Alice, Noel Coward Theatre - theatre review".
  5. ^ Ely, Nicholas (26 October 2016). "Peter & Alice". Independent Theatre. Retrieved 10 January 2023.
  6. ^ a b Rudd, James (22 August 2014). "Theatre Review: Peter and Alice". Glam Adelaide. Retrieved 10 January 2023.
  7. ^ Lenny, Barry (25 August 2014). "BWW Reviews: PETER AND ALICE Brings the Real and Fictional Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland Together". Broadway World. Retrieved 10 January 2023.
  8. ^ Harris, Samela (22 August 2014). "Peter and Alice". The Barefoot Review. Retrieved 10 January 2023.
  9. ^ "Olivier awards 2014 – full nominations". The Guardian. 10 March 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2014.