The Beatrix Potter musical adventure Where is Peter Rabbit? will hop its way to London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket this Easter, running from 5 – 28 April.
Created by Roger Glossop, Director of Old Laundry Theatre in Bowness-on-Windermere, the show has become one of the Old Laundry Theatre’s most successful productions since premiering in 2016, with sell-out shows and rave reviews of its adaptation of the original tales of Beatrix Potter.
Peter Rabbit fans in the heart of London can share in a small piece of the Lake District as Beatrix Potter’s enchanting stories and most beloved characters are brought to life with beautifully hand-created puppets and props.
The show features classic stories handed down from generation to generation and provides a perfect introduction to Beatrix Potter’s Tales for younger children or a nostalgic trip down memory lane for older members of the family. Audiences can watch out for the ferocious Mr. McGregor, reach heady heights with Jemima Puddle-Duck, do the laundry with Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and fall in love with the mischievous Peter Rabbit.
Directed and choreographed by Shelia Carter with original songs from composer Steven Edis and lyrics by renowned playwright Alan Ayckbourn, the innovative show combines live performance, puppetry, projection and an original soundtrack. A cast of six actors are accompanied by the voices of Oliver Award-winning actor and comedian Griff Rhys Jones and Bafta Award-winning actor Miriam Margolyes.
Griff Rhys Jones said, “The characters and the strange life of animals are so well observed by Beatrix Potter and not just in her beautiful illustrations. I don’t think we cherish things quite as much as we do children’s books, handed down like golden gems, and it’s remarkable to think that these stories are still so loved.”
Miriam Margolyes said, “The characters leap into your heart. There is a directness and a freshness that comes through the text and they will live for all time. It’s a window back into childhood.”
Thomas Merrington, Creative Consultant on behalf of Frederick Warne & Co said, “We are so thrilled that this production of Where is Peter Rabbit? will be making its West End debut this Easter. Fans of all ages will fall in love with this beautiful show – it really brings the characters to life in a most charming way.”