Peter and the Starcatcher


Writers: Rick Elice


Show Information

Based on the Play/Book/Film
Based on the the novel Peter and the Starcatcher by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.
Number of Acts
First Produced
Drama, Comedy
Time & Place
1885, the docks of portsmouth, the decks and holds of two ships, and the jungles and shores of mollusk island
Cast Size
Ideal for
high school, broadway, touring, College/University, Community Theatre, Ensemble Cast
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes young adult, adult, mature adult characters


Peter and the Starcatcher is a prequel to Peter Pan based on the children’s book by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and freely adapted for the stage by Rick Elice, with co-directors Alex Timbers and Roger Rees. For two-and-a-half hours, twelve actors make theatrical magic by playing dozens of characters: sailors, pirates, British naval officers, Mollusk natives and orphans in addition to eighteen major roles. The original Broadway production was a deliberately low-budget spectacle: an extravaganza of staging that relied on suggestion and storytelling rather than expensive set pieces like the chandelier in Phantom of the Opera or the helicopter in Miss Saigon. Elice’s script, jam-packed with poetry, fart jokes, gentle lyricism, and numerous nods to pop culture, is a coming-of-age adventure story about how a nameless orphan -- inspired by a remarkable and ambitious girl -- became the strange and celebrated hero that is the Boy Who Would Not Grow Up.

Lead Characters

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