Gwyneth to tread the boards in Leicester?
Hollywood, Venice, Cannes . . . Leicester? That could be a typical itinerary for Gwyneth Paltrow if the American actress accepts an invitation to lead the cast of a new musical production of the Peter Pan story, Finding Neverland.
Avoiding the easy options of Broadway or the West End, the musical will open at the Leicester Curve in the autumn. The show is adapted from the Oscar-winning film starring Johnny Depp as JM Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan. The story follows the playwright Barrie rediscovering his creative muse after meeting Sylvia Llewellyn Davies and her four sons.
Paltrow’s reported involvement can be attributed to the producer – film mogul Harvey Weinstein. Allan Knee, who wrote the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan that led to the film and musical, will write the script with Scott Frankel and Michael Korie providing the music. It will be directed by the Olivier Award-winner Rob Ashford. The production runs at the Leicester Curve between 22 September and 18 October, with a transfer to the West End envisaged.
A stage role is not much of a stretch for Paltrow, who began her career as an actress on stage at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts. She also received critical acclaim for her performance in Proof at the Donmar Warehouse in London in 2002.
She has sung in several films, and, most impressively, in a guest role in the TV series Glee. If she needs any coaching, she could always ask hubby Chris Martin of Coldplay. On second thoughts . . .