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Peter Pan on Ice thaws traditional perception of J.M Barrie classic

PUBLISHED: 15:22 02 April 2014 | UPDATED: 15:22 02 April 2014

The world-renowned Russian Ice Stars visit the Orchard Theatre in April with a spectacular new adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s famous fantasy adventure story of the boy who never grew up. Photo credit: KONRAD KOCZYWAS

The world-renowned Russian Ice Stars visit the Orchard Theatre in April with a spectacular new adaptation of J.M. Barrie's famous fantasy adventure story of the boy who never grew up. Photo credit: KONRAD KOCZYWAS

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What connection does four tons of ice and J.M.Barrie's famous fantasy adventure story Peter Pan have? Well, a rather successful production of Peter Pan on Ice that's what.

Formed in 1993, the Russian Ice Stars now performs to appreciative audiences all over the world in many diverse venues. Photo credit: KONRAD KOCZYWASFormed in 1993, the Russian Ice Stars now performs to appreciative audiences all over the world in many diverse venues. Photo credit: KONRAD KOCZYWAS

So spell-binding, in fact, that the Russian Ice Stars - some of whom are former Olympic competitors - were requested to perform in Monaco by Prince Rainer.

The enchanting story features Wendy, Michael and John who are visited in the nursery by Peter Pan himself, who teaches them to fly with the help of Tinker Bell before taking them on a magical journey to Never Land.

But while the story follows a traditional course, the make-up of the stage does not.

On arrival at each venue the company has just 18 hours in which to transform a normal theatre stage into a bespoke ice rink.

The production company has even performed Peter Pan on Ice in Monaco at the request of Prince Rainier. Photo credit: KONRAD KOCZYWASThe production company has even performed Peter Pan on Ice in Monaco at the request of Prince Rainier. Photo credit: KONRAD KOCZYWAS

It takes two 45ft trucks, two industrial pools, 15km of special rubber piping, two chiller units and four tons of crushed ice to make the rink and a crew of 10 work around the clock to get the venue ready for the ice stars to rehearse at 4.30pm on opening night.

Producer Julian Deplidge said: “We pioneered the concept of theatre on ice by producing full-length productions.

“We build a full-size ice rink on theatre stages allowing audiences to see some jaw-dropping moves close-up; this is where it’s different from the traditional view you get in an ice arena.

“We work with the best skaters in the business and I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved with Peter Pan on Ice.

She added: “The Orchard Theatre is a gorgeous venue and we’re delighted to be bringing this fabulous show to the city.”

Tickets are priced from £15 with performances at 7pm on Wednesday April 16, 1.30pm and 7.30pm on Thursday April 17, 7pm on Friday April 18, 1.30pm and 5.30pm on Saturday April 19 and 3pm on Sunday April 20. Bookings can be made online at www.orchardtheatre.co.uk or by calling the Box Office on 01322 220000. Please note a £1.50 per ticket booking fee applies.

For more information on the show visit: www.peterpan-onice.com

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