Charles and Camilla tickled by an encounter with the shaggy star of 'Peter Pan'

The royal couple were charmed when they were presented to Nana who watches over the Darling children. The Newfoundland dog is a character in a new production of the classic children's play being staged at a pavilion in Kensington Gardens Photo: © Getty Images

There was no doubt who the star attraction is of a new production of Peter Pan as famous theatregoers, including Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, paused to make a fuss of Nana, the dog.

The royal couple laughed with surprise as they were greeted by a woof and a scrape of the paw from actor Mohsen Mouri, in costume as the kiddies' hound.

His character in JM Barrie's charming 1904 play is the "prim Newfoundland dog" who acts as "nanny" to the Darling children, accompanying them to the fantasy world of Neverland at the invitation of the eternally youthful Peter Pan.

The shaggy costume was so lifelike Nana also found herself being petted by a host of celebs, among them Natalie Imbruglia and Joan Rivers. Sharon Osbourne looked particularly taken with the character, spending several minutes lavishing hugs and cuddles on her at the royal premiere of the play, staged in aid of the Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts.

Children aged five and over are being invited to see what producers describe as a "magical experience" in a specially commissioned theatre in Kensington Gardens, London. Smaller ones are reassured they won't "be turned away or fed to the crocodiles".

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