(Jonathan McAloon’s article appeared in the Guardian, 6/24.)

Bandelero the Bandit, an early play by Peter Pan author JM Barrie, was presumed lost. But after 140 years, the play will be revived by the Scottish Youth Theatre in collaboration with the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust, whose patron is actress Joanna Lumley.

Barrie, who wrote Bandelero in 1877 when he was just 17 years old and performed it at his school, Dumfries Academy, believed that the play had been destroyed. But after being discovered in a notebook in the Beinecke Library at Yale University, the play will now be performed in the grounds of the Academy – its original home – with young actors from all over Scotland taking part.


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