Little Angel Theatre announces summer season for 60th anniversary year

The Wishing Tree. Photo by Ellie Kurttz

Little Angel Theatre in London has announced its upcoming summer season.

The Islington venue is celebrating its 60th anniversary year, recently reopening its doors with a brand new production of The Smartest Giant in Town.


The new musical adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s classic book has been extended until 15 August due to popular demand.

The newly announced summer season will feature highlights including Nature Elly (2 – 31 July). A Barmpot Theatre and Lincolnshire One Venues co-production, in association with Little Angel Theatre featuring original music and an array of adorable animal puppets. Written and directed by John Hewer and performed by Jane Crawshaw.

Nature Elly puppet
Nature Elly puppet

Little Angel Theatre’s annual outdoor festival Puppet Picnic will be back following its successful run last year, taking place in Islington Square throughout August.

The Puppet Picnic will see new show The Wishing Tree (9 – 29 August), inspired by a new poem written for Little Angel Theatre by Joseph Coelho and created in collaboration with local school children.

Puppet Picnic 2020 Ellie Kurttz
Puppet Picnic 2020. Photo: Ellie Kurttz

Visiting productions will include The Puppet Van present The Lost Colour (11 – 12 August), LAStheatre’s The Lion Inside (16 – 17 August) and Garlic Theatre’s The Bag That Went Boo (23 – 24 August).

The Lion Inside
The Lion Inside

Also a part of the season is If Not Here…Where?. Created with young people at Great Ormond Street, Little Angel’s co-production with GOSH has been adapted into a digital production that will tour hospitals and hospices throughout the summer including St George’s Hospital,London and Darent Valley Hospital, Kent.

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Looking forward to a summer of community, creativity and live theatre (both indoors and out) artistic director Samantha Lane and executive director Peta Swindall said: “We are so excited to announce our summer season of work. Both ‘Nature Elly’ and ‘The Wishing Tree’ have been developed in close collaboration with school and community groups which is really important to us.

“Little Angel Theatre runs a dedicated schools partnership programme and a dedicated community outreach programme in order to break down barriers to engagement and serve the needs of our entire community in a creative way, and we are delighted to be sharing these nature-inspired stories with children and their families.

'If Not Here... Where?' at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Photo by Victoria Henstock
‘If Not Here… Where?’ at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Photo by Victoria Henstock

“We are especially pleased to be giving away hundreds of tickets for each show to local children and their families who have helped us to develop the work. Alongside these shows, we are also running puppetry projects with partnership organisations including Solace Women’s Aid, Age UK and Islington Council, as well as working with local food banks to support their work and provide enrichment activities for their beneficiaries.”

Swindall went on to comment of the recent delay to lockdown easing: “We are very disheartened to hear about the four week delay to Covid restrictions. As a small charity who relies heavily on box office income, this is a huge blow and will have a big impact, putting increased pressure on our already inflated fundraising targets and future income targets.

“Not to mention the workload of our staff team. We will continue to be proactive and creative about the many ways in which we can engage with audiences – both digitally and in-person – as we have done throughout the pandemic. The safety of our performers and audiences will always be our top priority, and we very much hope that the new date of 19 July will remain on track.”

Main image: The Wishing Tree. Photo by Ellie Kurttz

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