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Little Angel Theatre unveils its Spring 2022 season

Little Angel Theatre on Dagmar Passage (credit Ellie Kurttz)
Little Angel Theatre on Dagmar Passage (credit Ellie Kurttz)

London’s Little Angel Theatre has unveiled its Spring 2022 season.

The children’s theatre in Islington has revealed a line up of shows to mark World Puppetry Day.

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They include a new live version of Ian Nicholson and Sam Wilde’s hit lockdown digital shows in I Want My Hat Back and Other Stories (28 May – 31 July, for ages 3-6) adapted from Jon Klassen’s beloved books.

Running 11 – 14 May for ages 11-16 is Smoking Apple’s Kinder, which imaginatively tells the poignant story of a Czech-Jewish girl escaping on a Kindertransport train and travelling across Europe.

Pinocchio
Pinocchio

Indefinite Articles enchanting Pinocchio returns to Little Angel Theatre (29 April – 26 June, for ages 5-11) for a new generation of children to enjoy, performed by former Little Angel artistic director Steve Tiplady as Geppetto.

And running 20 April – 1 May is multi-media musical puppet show Jina and the STEM Sisters. For ages 7+, the show from HMDT Music is based on the achievements of historical STEM women and features Motown, jazz and musical theatre.

The new shows join the currently running The Singing Mermaid (to 24 April) and Handa’s Surprise (to 16 April).

Meanwhile, on the Little Angel Theatre YouTube Channel, two thought-provoking new series are released; Little Bell, written by Giles Paley-Phillips and Bertie… both directed by Samantha Lane. A new season of popular digital shorts programme Watch, Make Share will also premiere, beginning 3 April with Priya & The Twirling Wind, by Raven Kaliana.

For more information and tickets, visit littleangeltheatre.com

Little Angel Theatre Artistic Director Samantha Lane and Executive Director Peta Swindall said: “It is wonderful to welcome Ian Nicholson and Sam Wilde back to Little Angel this Spring. Their three charming adaptations of Jon Klassen’s Hat books inspired the imaginations of children worldwide when they ran online during lockdown in 2020, as part of our ‘Watch, Make, Share’ digital programme which is still going strong today.

Stem Sisters Photo: © CLIVE BARDA/ArenaPAL;
Stem Sisters Photo: © CLIVE BARDA/ArenaPAL;

“We can’t wait for children to meet their favourite cardboard characters up close in this brand-new live version of the trilogy! We are also excited that Indefinite Articles’ timeless production of Pinocchio has made it to the stage. This show was programmed for Spring 2020, but was never performed due to lockdown. We are delighted that it will finally get an audience and inspire a new generation of young theatregoers with the adventures of the most famous puppet in the world.

“For older children, award-winning company Smoking Apples will also take us on an adventure with Babi, a small girl who travels across Europe on a Kindertransport train. Although the story of a child displaced from her home is sadly a timely one, Babi’s adventure also shows the power of human kindness through those she meets along the way.

“We also can’t wait to share our two new digital series with our young audiences, particularly ‘Little Bell’, which we were inspired to develop following our Christmas production of ‘There May Be A Castle’. Just like that show, ‘Little Bell’ will tackle the more challenging topics children encounter as they grow up. The series is inspired by the beautiful book ‘Little Bell and the Moon’ by Giles Paley-Phillips, who we are thrilled is writing the series.”

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