pn3594 Princess and the Pea Pic 3YOUNG audiences are in for a treat when The Princess and the Pea comes to Middlesbrough Town Hall on Saturday, November 15.

It’s the latest production by acclaimed Leeds company tutti frutti, with Mike Kenny’s enchanting new take on Hans Christian Andersen’s much loved children’s tale The Princess and the Pea sure to play to a packed house.

In this fantastical new adaptation, the inventive tutti frutti team create a funny, original, beautiful re-telling of the much loved and familiar tale.

With direction by tutti frutti’s artistic director Wendy Harris, music from Oliver Birch, movement from TC Howard and design by Catherine Chapman, The Princess and the Pea is set to be an enchanting ‘must see’ for theatregoers of all ages.

The cast will feature Danielle Bird (Comedy of Errors, Grosvenor Open Air Theatre), Oliver Mawdsley (One Hundred and One Dalmatians, New Vic Theatre) and making her professional debut Joanna Brown.

Writer Mike Kenny said: “The Princess and the Pea was originally by Hans Christian Andersen. I think he’s probably the first bona fide genius of writing for children.

“He was born over 200 years ago and yet his stories are still told, his voice is still vivid, and ugly ducklings, Emperor’s new clothes and others have gone into our language. We use them all the time.”

Mike Kenny is one of the England’s leading writers, specialising in theatre for young people and families. He is the recipient of numerous awards, was included in the Independent on Sunday’s list of Top Ten Living UK Playwrights and his plays are performed regularly throughout the UK and all over the world. The Princess and the Pea will be the third autumn/Christmas show in a row that Mike Kenny has written for tutti frutti and York Theatre Royal.

Leeds-based tutti frutti has more than 23 years’ experience touring nationally and internationally to schools, venues, arts centres and village halls.

This is the first in a number of quality family shows coming to Middlesbrough Town Hall over the coming months including Blunderbus Theatre’s I’ve Seen Santa on December 19 and 20 and Hugless Douglas on February 14 next year.

Children are being invited to attend as their favourite princess and prince and there will be a prize for the best dressed.

  • The Princess and the Pea is suitable for children aged three to seven and their families, with performances at Middlesbrough Town Hall on Saturday, November 15 at 11am and 2pm.

Tickets are £6 with family tickets available at £20.

To book or for further information, call Middlesbrough Town Hall Box Office on 01642 729 729 or book online at www.middlesbroughtownhallonline.co.uk