Finding Neverland | 2004
Playwright JM Barrie (Johnny Depp) meets Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (Kate Winslet) and her boisterous brood in Kensington Gardens (the western reach of Hyde Park). To find the bench where the writer plays with the boys (in more innocent days), walk north along Lancaster Walk in Kensington Gardens, from the Albert Memorial. It’s the last seat on the right before the grand equestrian statue‘Physical Energy’.
The ‘Duke of York’s’ theatre, at which Peter Pan has its premiere, is the Richmond Theatre, The Green, Richmond in Surrey. The theatre, opened in 1899, was designed by Frank Matcham, and has featured regularly onscreen. As far back as 1957, it appeared as the ‘Palace Theatre’ from which TV celeb Sonny MacGregor (Peter Sellers) broadcasts his ghastly faux-Scots Here’s Tae Ye in black comedy The Naked Truth. It became the ‘Buenos Aires’ theatre in which Eva Duarte (Madonna) first meets Juan Peron (Jonathan Pryce) in Evita, and it’s where Lawrence Talbot (Benicio Del Toro) is playing Hamlet at the beginning of The Wolfman.
Oddly, it’s twice been seen as ‘Ford’s Theatre, Washington D.C.’ (the site of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination), in the 2000 remake of Bedazzled, with Brendan Fraser and Elizabeth Hurley, and again in 2007’s National Treasure: Book of Secrets, with Nicolas Cage.