The Emperor and the Nightingale

by Neil Duffield, based on The Nightingale by Hans Christian Andersen

Showing 26 November - 14 January 2017 Previews 25 November 2016, 7.00pm

The Emperor and the Nightingale

This production ended on 14/01/2017

Synopsis

In ancient China, the young emperor Wu is kept a virtual prisoner in his palace by his scheming guardian, Li Si. For Wu, the world outside the Forbidden City is a dangerous place. But when he hears Xiao, a young peasant girl, talk of the most beautiful sound on earth – the song of the nightingale – it’s too much to resist. The two embark on an adventure that will take them across mountain tops and waterfalls, past chattering monkeys and fire-belching dragons to the far reaches of his kingdom. But Wu has an ulterior motive that could threaten the peace of the kingdom.

Featuring exquisite puppetry from Puppetry Director Jimmy Grimes (The Shepherd's Life, War Horse), glorious music in an original score, and all the colour, movement and spectacle of Chinese theatre, this joyful adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale is a feast for the senses that will delight the whole family.

Suitable for ages 6+

Running time: 2hr (incl. 20 min interval)

Relaxed performance: Mon 5 December, 1.30pm
Audio-described performance: Sat 7 January, 2.00pm
Captioned performance: Fri 6 January, 7.00pm
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Plus FREE Chinese mask, lantern and puppet workshops!
Saturdays: 19, 26 November & 3, 10, 17 December, 10.30am
Come along to our make and do craft activities, great for 3-10 year olds. No need to book, just come along on the day.

We are also running a lantern making competition and have an easy and fun 'Make a Chinese dragon mask' activity to try out - find out more here and get creative!





Prices £30 - £10

Meet the Cast

  • Father / Dragon King / Monkey
    Patrick Bridgman
    Patrick Bridgman
  • Xiao
    Sally Cheng
    Sally Cheng
  • Nightingale
    Amy Gardyne
    Amy Gardyne
  • Peasant woman / Servant
    Frances Marshall
    Frances Marshall
  • Servant / Monkey
    Ed Parry
    Ed Parry
  • Li-Si
    Joel Sams
    Joel Sams
  • Wu
    Martin Sarreal
    Martin Sarreal
  • Tiger King / Clockmaker
    Silas Wyatt-Barke
    Silas Wyatt-Barke

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