Piers is the composer of musical adaptations of classical English stories, including an adaptation of JM Barrie’s Peter Pan. In the mid 1990’s, following approval by the trustees of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, to whom Barrie had left the Peter Pan rights, Piers’ adaptation was further developed into Peter Pan The Official British Musical. Piers now holds an international contract with Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital securing worldwide professional and amateur stage rights of his adaptation including associated merchandising.
In the past 20 years Peter Pan The British Musical has been produced professionally throughout Europe including London's West End, Ireland, The Channel Islands, Scandinavia (breaking a box office record with its first visit, then again with its second), UK & Netherlands tours. Many of these professional productions have been directed by Piers. In addition there have been three major recordings of the work – distributed by EMI, Decca/Columbia and Pigmalion Records. Piers has also advised on Peter Pan productions in Canada, Spain and Jersey.
He has also written musical adaptations of Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows – ‘The Adventures of Mr. Toad' (published by Josef Weinberger Ltd in the UK and Music Theatre International in the USA) which has been staged in London, toured the UK and broken 5 Christmas box office records in regional theatres; Lewis Carroll's ‘Through the Looking Glass’, first presented by The Theatre Royal, Plymouth, and A Christmas Carol, which was published in 2010. In planning is his new musical adaptation of Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days, due to be launched in October 2013.
Piers' work has broken box office records in at least 10 theatres in the UK and Europe. His adaptations have been seen in every English speaking country worldwide and translated into many languages. He has also received 2 major awards, one in the Channel Islands and the 'MAX' award in Spain.
In addition to ongoing international professional presentations, Piers’ works are a favourite with schools and amateur theatre companies and a large number of productions are also performed annually by these forces all over the world.