For a long time, Peter on the stage was played by a young woman in tights – the rump, as it were, of late Victorian theatre. A nubile woman
in the role, with her frank appeal to the heterosexual adult tastes of
the fathers in the house, obscured the difficult matters of child
sexuality, sibling hatred and child-death that infest the play and may
be defined as everything Walt Disney omitted from his 1953 cartoon.