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Peter Pan opens in Bloomsbury, London. Developed by the Russell family in the 17th and 18th centuries, Bloomsbury was considered a fashionable residential area. It is famous for the British Museum, and is the location of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, the beneficiary of Peter Pan's royalties following the donation of the copyright in 1929 by J. M. Barrie.
In 1086, Bloomsbury was described in the Domesday Book as having vineyards and "woods for 100 pigs." In 1201, William de Blemond acquired the land and the Bloomsbury name developed from Blemondisberi, or Blemond manor.
The distinctive Bloomsbury Group made its home here. With members including Virginia Woolf and E. M. Forster, this group of artistic English intellectuals was politically active and Bohemian, meeting from the early 1900s until the 1930s.
One of Bloomsbury's lesser known parks is Coram's Fields. Dedicated to children in 1936, it has a duck pond, sand pits, a pet corner and playground. It boasts one unique quality – an adult unsupervised by a child is not permitted to enter, a fact that would have tickled Peter Pan immensely.
The Duke of Yorks Theatre, originally the Trafalgar Square Theatre, opened on September 10, 1892. Two years later it became known as the Trafalgar Theatre, and in 1895 became the Duke of York's to honour the future King George V. It was the first theatre to stage Peter Pan or, as it was called then, The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up.
Aside from being the launching pad for Barrie's most famous work, it has another claim to fame: the production of David Belasco's Madame Butterfly was seen by Puccini in this theater, and one of the world's most famous operas was born. Another actor to grace its stage, was Sir Basil Rathbone, who will never be forgotten as the quintessential Sherlock Holmes.
Kensington Gardens consists of 275 acres of manicured lawns, trees and flower beds. It is the site of Kensington Palace, home to the late Princess Diana and, now, Prince William and Catherine. The free Diana Memorial Playground is Peter Pan-themed. Over 750,000 children enjoy the park annually, playing with pirate ships and beaches.
On May 01, 1912, a statue magically appeared in Kensington Gardens. J.M. Barrie placed this statement in The Times:
The Times concluded:
"Men were enraged on Monday and yesterday in placing the work of the sculptor in position behind drawn curtains. These will be removed during the night, and the children will just find Peter Pan there as if he had grown out of the turf on May morning. It was the wish of Mr. Barrie and of Sir George Frampton that there should be no formal unveiling, and the Office of Works fell in with a happy idea."