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Betty Blue Eyes Comedy/Satire; Drama; Romance View Details Compare
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Belts are being tightened and the country’s long-suffering citizens are being told by the government that there will be fair shares for all in return for surviving Austerity Britain. Meanwhile local officials feather their own nests by taking far more than their own fair share. It is of course 1947, and having won the war Britain seems to have lost the peace, and the country is staggering under the burden of acute rationing, unemployment and the coldest winter for decades. The only bright spark on the horizon is the impending marriage of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

Twenty six years ago Alan Bennett and Malcolm Mowbray wove this story into a hilariously funny but sharply observed comic film called ‘A Private Function’, which centred around Betty, an adorable pig, who is being illegally reared to ensure the local dignitaries can celebrate the Royal Wedding with a lavish banquet while the local population make do with Spam. Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman have brilliantly adapted and expanded this story for the stage and George Stiles and Anthony Drewe have written a deliciously infectious, toe-tapping, retro contemporary score. The result is an utterly British musical, full of eccentric characters, such as the strange odd couple, Gilbert – an evangelistic chiropodist, and Joyce – a nobody determined to be somebody; Inspector Wormold - an obsessive destroyer of illegal meat; Mother Dear – ‘She’s seventy four and ravenous’; along with a weird assortment of bullies, spivs and snobs and of course, our star, Betty the pig.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears Comedy/Satire View Details Compare
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The classic tale that reminds children not to fiddle with the belongings of others, lest there be consequences to bear. When the worlds of bears and people collide, everyone learns that girls and bears aren't as ferocious as they may seem in the Theatre for Young Audience version of Goldilocks And The Three Bears. Award-winning writers George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (Honk!, Mary Poppins) inject a bear-sized helping of music and mayhem into this classic fairytale making it "just right" for the entire family.

Goldilocks, on a trip into the forest, ventures into a seemingly uninhabited house. In the process of making herself feel at home, she turns the place into a gigantic mess! Little does she know that the house belongs to a family of three bears, who will not be too pleased to witness her handiwork.

Featuring an unforgettable score and a story every child knows and loves, this adaptation is perfect for family audiences. The minimal cast size and limited design needs make Goldilocks And The Three Bears a great show for touring or for any theatre with a strong Theatre for Young Audiences component.

Honk! Comedy/Satire; Fantasy/Adventure View Details Compare
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The new musical based on one of the world’s favourite fairy-tales, Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling.

Ugly is born, of course, as a Duckling but it soon becomes clear that he is no ordinary Duck. Mocked on the farmyard, pursued by the ever-hungry Cat, Ugly finds himself lost on a nearby marsh in the middle of a duck-shoot and embarks on an odyssey through the countryside, meeting a battery of colourful characters and finding himself, and love, along the way.

“With a tuneful score, witty lyrics and book, HONK! confirms that Drewe and Stiles are the brightest hopes for the future of the British musical” – Daily Telegraph.

Peter Pan (Drewe & Stiles) Drama; Fantasy/Adventure View Details Compare
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Sir James Barrie’s timeless tale of the boy who never grew up is reborn as a spectacular musical by Stiles & Drewe and the late Willis Hall. 

The show was first broadcast in 2001 as the New Year’s Eve concert on BBC Radio 3, starring John Thaw, Sheila Hancock and Laura Michelle Kelly. A fuller semi-staged version, with the London Symphony Orchestra, was mounted at the Royal Festival Hall over Christmas 2002 starring Richard Wilson and James Gillan, with Suzannah York as the Storyteller and Lottie Meyer as Wendy.

Since then, Stiles & Drewe extensively revised the show for a stunning new production directed by the highly talented Rachel Kavanagh. Peter Pan – A Musical Adventure reunited Stiles & Drewe with the designer Peter McKintosh (who created the National Theatre’s designs for Honk!), bringing to life the magical world of Neverland with its spectacular scenes of flying, swashbuckling and sheer fantasy.

The Three Little Pigs Comedy/Satire View Details Compare
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Embark on a charming and witty adventure with three little pigs as they battle the big bad wolf. From Stiles and Drewe, the award-winning musical team behind Honk! and Broadway's Mary Poppins, comes The Three Little Pigs, a "very curly musical tail" that is perfect for the whole family! This new version of the classic story is full of catchy songs, clever rhymes and silly charm, but also has some very smart things to say about home and family.

When the pigpen starts to look like a real sty, Mama says it’s time to leave and build something new. Help Cha, Siu, and Bao watch for wolves while they use hay, sticks, and bricks to make it in a big, bad world.

Featuring a small cast, a short running time and minimal design requirements The Three Little Pigs is the perfect option for children's touring companies or theatres with strong educational components. The Three Little Pigs teaches little ones how success can be achieved through hard work and perseverance. Filled with humour, this endearing tale will leave you squealing with glee and howling with laughter!

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