Rosalie Craig is set to star as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies in Finding Neverland, the musical adaptation of the 2004 Oscar-nominated film, according to the U.K.'s Daily Mail. Led by previously announced star Julian Ovenden as Peter Pan author James M. Barrie, the production will make its world premiere at Leicester's Curve Theatre this fall, and is aiming for a West End run in 2013. Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow had previously been in talks to play Davies.
Featuring music by Scott Frankel, lyrics by Michael Korie, and a book by the film's screenwriter Allan Knee, Finding Neverland follows the story of Barrie (Ovenden) and his relationship with the family of widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (Craig). Llewelyn Davies' children eventually became Barrie's inspiration to write the Pan story. The cast also features Liz Robertson as Sylvia’s mother, Clare Foster, Oliver Boot, Stuart Neal, Vince Leigh and Norman Bowman. Directed by Rob Ashford, the limited engagement will run at Curve Theatre from September 21 through October 18.
Craig’s stage credits include Ragtime, Alice in Wonderland, The Firebird, The Hired Man, Side by Side, Dreams From The Summerhouse and Be My Baby. Her TV credits include Spooks, Casanova and Grease Monkeys.
Produced by Bob and Harvey Weinsten, the musical was initially scheduled to premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse in the fall of 2011, but the production was cancelled. Ovenden took part in two readings of the musical, one alongside Nice Work If You Can Get It leading lady Kelli O'Hara.