Little Angel Theatre has announced its autumn/winter season as it turns 60.
The iconic children’s venue in London will celebrate six decades of entertaining and inspiring generations of families through the magical art form of puppetry in November.
When a troupe of enthusiastic puppeteers under the leadership of John and Lyndie Wright transformed a derelict temperance hall in Islington into a theatre specially designed for children’s marionette shows in 1961, nothing like it existed anywhere in London.
60 years later, under the leadership of artistic director Samantha Lane and executive director Peta Swindall, this unique theatre continues to evolve and innovate, reaching millions across the globe through its acclaimed live and digital programme.
Highlights from the new season will include a major new production There’s A Rang-tan In My Bedroom And Other Stories (10 September – 7 November) which is inspired by Greenpeace campaigns and features a voiceover from Emma Thompson.
There will be the world premiere of a new musical adaptation of Piers Torday’s Award-winning novel ‘There May Be A Castle’ (13 November – 23 January) and ‘The Storm Whale’ (20 November – 30 January), a co-production with York Theatre Royal, The Marlowe Theatre And Engine House, based on Benji Davies’ tender and heart-warming children’s stories.
Meanwhile, Little Angel continue to innovate digitally with their free series ‘Watch, Make, Share’, including an exciting programme Of regular digital shorts, featuring a new co-production
with English Touring Opera, and their weekly ‘People Behind The Puppets’ Series.
Samantha Lane & Peta Swindall said: “As we emerge from the pandemic and welcome live audiences back to Little Angel Theatre after such a challenging time, we are proud to announce a live/digital hybrid season of bold and ambitious new work including two major new shows that don’t shy away from big issues. ‘There’s a Rang-Tan in my Bedroom and Other Stories’ is a beautiful new show featuring a voiceover by Emma Thompson, and supporting Greenpeace and Meat Free Monday, that introduces children to the idea that no-one is too small to make a difference.
“There will also be accompanying digital content for those who are unable to make it to the theatre in person, or who would like to explore the issues raised in the show around sustainability and climate change in more depth.”
“A new adaptation of Piers Torday’s remarkable novel ‘There May be a Castle’ will enchant audiences over Christmas with its magical world of monsters, knights and wizards. While running in Little Angel Studios is Benji Davies’ tender and heart-warming tale ‘The Storm Whale’, a co-production with York Theatre Royal, The Marlowe Theatre and Engine House.”
“We are thrilled that our free digital output ‘Watch, Make, Share’, for which we recently won an OffWestEnd ‘OneOff’ award, will continue with new content weekly and monthly. We will also release our first series of episodes alongside ‘There’s a Rang-Tan in my Bedroom and Other Stories’.”
Picture: There’s a Rang-Tan in My Bedroom and Other Stories. Image by Salon Alpin, Passion Pictures