The personification of eternal youth, the ultimate boy who wouldn’t grow up, Peter Pan made his stage debut in London’s Duke of York theatre today back in 1904, the brainchild of Scottish journalist-turned-playwright J. M. Barrie.
With Captain Hook and Tinkerbell, he's proved enduringly popular ever since, showing that Peter Pan was a much better title than one of Barrie's earlier attempts, The Boy Who Hated Mothers. Whatever you make of Barrie himself - among other misdemeanours he forged a female friend's will to enable him to adopt her five young orphaned boys - his creation has endured. We are celebrating Peter Pan, and the inner child in all of us, with a Peter Pan Martini.
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