January 20th, 2014
Stunned theatre-goers in Glasgow learned that fairytales do come true when they witnessed Peter Pan’s real-life marriage propose to Wendy Darling at the end of last Friday night’s show. The video of the event went viral, with more than 2.3 million views on YouTube.
Sandor Sturbl, who plays the title role in Peter Pan: The Never Ending Story, stopped the show during the final number to ask for the hand of Lily-Jane Young, who plays Peter’s love interest, Wendy.
There was hardly a dry eye in the house as Sturbl delivered his heart-felt proposal to a surprised and overjoyed Young. With her microphone still on, the audience could hear her tearful, emotional sobs as the unscripted, romantic drama played out.
“Well, ladies and gentlemen, this is usually the moment when Peter Pan gives Wendy a kiss,” Sturbl said. “This is not a normal show. It’s not Peter Pan looking at Wendy and asking for a kiss. No it’s Sandor Sturbl looking at the love of his life.”
Sturbl explained that this was the perfect moment and the perfect place to deliver his proposal because Young was born in Glasgow, her family was in attendance and the audience was filled with Scottish people.
With the tension building, the Dutch Sturbl got down on one knee and said, “Jane, the last couple of years I’ve got to know you and you are the person I want to spend my life with. And therefore, I want to ask you, will you marry me?”
An overwhelmed Young said, “Yes.” Then Sturbl placed a blue sapphire-and-diamond engagement ring on Young’s finger and the couple embraced. The hometown audience erupted in cheers.
The 28-year-old Sturbl told The Daily Record that he had been thinking about proposing to the 22-year-old Young for a while.
“We’ve toured all over the world, and when we found out the show was coming to Glasgow, Lilly-Jane was so excited,” he told The Daily Record. “When I went to pick out a ring, I spotted one called the Wendy design. I took it as a sign and bought it.”
Sturbl revealed that only a few people knew about his plan. “I had to tell some of the production crew so that they knew to cut the music on time,” he said.
“It was a magical moment and one I’ll never forget,” Young told The Daily Record. “I’m thrilled. I feel like the luckiest girl alive and I can’t wait to marry Sandor.”
The video of the proposal has become an Internet sensation. We challenge you to hold back the tears…