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BEN & HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM

LIVE ON STAGE FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME FROM THE MAKERS OF PEPPA PIG NEW UK TOUR FOR 2012/2013

www.benandhollylive.com

@benandhollylive

From the makers of Peppa Pig and the producers of the two hugely successful Peppa Pig theatre tours comes the first ever stage version of the BAFTA award-winning TV animation, Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom. This brand new UK tour premiered at The Orchard Theatre, Dartford on 26 October and is currently on an extensive UK tour until August 2013.

Currently a top favourite show for pre-schoolers, this charmingly magical animation airs on Nick Jr (since April 2009) and on 5’s Milkshake (since April 2010). Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom is co-owned by animation studio Astley Baker Davies and has been a hit with audiences and critics alike. The series won a BAFTA award for Best Pre-School Animation in 2009 and a British Animation Award for Best Pre-School Series in 2012.

The Little Kingdom – where everyone is very, very small – is home to Princess Holly and her best friend Ben Elf. Holly is a young fairy princess who is still learning how to do magic properly and sometimes her spells don’t work out quite right. Ben is an Elf. Elves don’t do magic but they are very good at making things. Ben doesn’t have wings like Holly but he flies on the back of Gaston the Ladybird.

In this exciting new musical adventure, Ben and Holly have fun and games helping Gaston clean up his messy cave; they go on a trip to The Big World with tooth-fairy Nanny Plum; and still have time to plan a surprise for King Elf’s birthday party, complete with an unplanned jelly flood.

Packed full of games, songs and laughter, this is an enchanting and magical visit to the Little Kingdom, live on stage for the very first time. This beautiful story of elves, princesses and childhood innocence will delight all the family.

The cast is Danielle Black, Victoria Corlass, Claire Coultry, Nicky Cross, Kerry Gooderson, Nicola Hart, Matt Lewis and David Sandham.

Richard Lewis has adapted the TV animation for the stage and also directs. He also adapted and directed the two highly popular Peppa Pig theatre tours (2009 – 2011 and the current tour 2011 – 2012, both of which had sell-out West End Christmas runs at the Criterion Theatre) and the two LazyTown Live! tours (2007 – 2009).

Original music is by Mani Svavarsson, original lyrics by Matt Lewis, set design is by Simon Scullion, lighting design is by Matt Haskins and sound design by Ian Horrocks-Taylor.

The actors will wear masks in this production, created by Russell Dean, Artistic Director of Strangeface Theatre Company. Russell worked for a number of years with the award-winning Trestle Theatre Company as their designer and mask-maker. Other theatre credits include commissions for the long-running West End musical Billy Elliott and the Old Vic’s Bridge Project. For television he created masks for music groups such as the SugaBabes and Oasis as part of an ITV promotion for the Brit Awards in 1998. The masks he created of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown to promote Channel 4’s The Deal (part of their 2003 ‘Tony Blair Season’) were also featured on the front cover of Private Eye.

Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom is produced by Fiery Angel and Limelight Productions (Fiery Light Productions) who also produced LazyTown Live!, Roald Dahl’s The BFG and the two Peppa Pig stage tours, Peppa Pig’s Party and Peppa Pig’s Treasure Hunt.

TOUR DETAILS:

BEN & HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM
UK TOUR 2013
www.benandhollylive.com
@benandhollylive

WED 13 – THURS 14 FEBRUARY G LIVE, GUILDFORD
Wed 13 at 1 & 4 pm www.glive.co.uk
Thurs 14 at 10 am & 1 pm

SAT 16 – SUN 17 FEBRUARY WATFORD COLOSSEUM
Sat 16 at 1 & 4 pm www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk
Sun 17 at 10 am & 1 pm

TUES 19 – WED 20 FEBRUARY MILTON KEYNES THEATRE
Tues 19 at 4 pm www.atgtickets.com
Wed 20 at 10 am, 1 & 4 pm

FRI 22 – SAT 23 FEBRUARY BELGRADE THEATRE, COVENTRY
Fri 22 at 1 & 4 pm www.belgrade.co.uk
Sat 23 at 10.30 am & 1 pm

WED 27 – THURS 28 FEBRUARY WYVERN THEATRE, SWINDON
Wed 27 at 1 & 4 pm www.wyverntheatre.org.uk
Thurs 28 at 10 am & 1 pm

SAT 2 – SUN 3 MARCH RICHMOND THEATRE
Sat 2 at 1 & 4 pm www.atgtickets.com
Sun 3 at 10 am & 1 pm

WED 6 – THURS 7 MARCH ASSEMBLY ROOMS, DERBY
Wed 6 at 1 & 4 pm www.derbylive.co.uk
Thurs 7 at 10 am & 1 pm

SAT 9 – SUN 10 MARCH THE ALHAMBRA THEATRE, DUNFERMLINE
Sat 9 at 4 pm www.alhambradunfermline.com
Sun 10 at 10 am & 1 pm

WED 13 – THURS 14 MARCH PLAYHOUSE, WHITLEY BAY
Wed 13 at 1 & 4 pm www.playhousewhitleybay.co.uk
Thurs 14 at 10 am & 1 pm

SAT 16 – SUN 17 MARCH OPERA HOUSE BUXTON
Sat 16 at 1 & 4 pm www.boh.org.uk
Sun 17 at 11 am & 2 pm

TUES 26 – WED 27 MARCH ST ALBANS ARENA
Tues 26 at 1 & 4 pm www.alban-arena.co.uk
Wed 27 at 10 am & 1 pm

FRI 29 – SAT 30 MARCH MARLOWE THEATRE, CANTERBURY
Fri 29 at 4 pm www.marlowetheatre.com
Sat 30 at 10 am, 1 & 4 pm

TUES 2 – WED 3 APRIL DE MONTFORT HALL, LEICESTER
Tues 2 at 4 pm www.demontforthall.co.uk
Wed 3 at 10 am, 1 & 4 pm

FRI 5 – SAT 6 APRIL WEST YORKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE, LEEDS
Fri 5 & Sat 6 at 10.30 am, 1.30 & 4.30 pm www.wyp.org.uk

WED 10 – THURS 11 APRIL ST DAVID’S HALL, CARDIFF
Wed 10 at 1 & 4 pm www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk
Thurs 11 at 10 am & 1 pm

SAT 13 – SUN 14 APRIL HALL FOR CORNWALL, TRURO
Sat 13 at 1 & 4 pm www.hallforcornwall.co.uk
Sun 14 at 10 am & 1 pm

TUES 16 – WED 17 APRIL OCTAGON THEATRE, YEOVIL
Tues 16 at 1 & 4 pm www.octagon-theatre.co.uk
Wed 17 at 10 am & 1 pm

FRI 19 – SAT 20 APRIL KING’S THEATRE, SOUTHSEA
Fri 19 at 1 & 4 pm www.kings-southsea.com
Sat 20 at 10 am & 1 pm

TUES 23 – WED 24 APRIL CAPITOL THEATRE, HORSHAM
Tues 23 at 1 & 4 pm www.thecapitolhorsham.com
Wed 24 at 1 & 4 pm

FRI 26 – SAT 27 APRIL MARINA THEATRE, LOWESTOFT
Fri 26 at 1 & 4 pm www.marinatheatre.co.uk
Sat 27 at 10 am & 1 pm

WED 1 MAY KING GEORGE’S HALL, BLACKBURN
Wed 1 at 1 & 4 pm www.kingeorgeshall.com

SAT 4 – SUN 5 MAY HEXAGON THEATRE, READING
Sat 4 at 1 & 4 pm www.readingarts.com/thehexagon
Sun 5 at 10 am & 1 pm

WED 8 – THURS 9 MAY GORDON CRAIG THEATRE, STEVENAGE
Wed 8 at 1 & 4 pm www.gordon-craig.co.uk
Thurs 9 at 10 am & 1 pm

SAT 11 – SUN 12 MAY FESTIVAL THEATRE, MALVERN
Sat 11 at 1 & 4 pm www.malvern-theatres.co.uk
Sun 12 at 11 am & 2 pm

WED 15 – THURS 16 MAY BRISTOL HIPPODROME
Wed 15 at 1 & 4 pm www.atgtickets.com
Thurs 16 at 10 am & 1 pm

SAT 18 – SUN 19 MAY GRAND THEATRE, SWANSEA
Sat 18 at 1 & 4 pm www.swanseagrand.co.uk
Sun 19 at 10 am & 1 pm

WED 22 – THURS 23 MAY GRAND THEATRE, WOLVERHAMPTON
Wed 22 at 1 & 4 pm www.grandtheatre.co.uk
Thurs 23 at 10 am & 1 pm

SAT 25 – SUN 26 MAY THEATRE ROYAL, GLASGOW
Sat 25 at 1 & 4 pm www.atgtickets.com
Sun 26 at 10 am & 1 pm

WED 29 – THURS 30 MAY CIVIC THEATRE, DARLINGTON
Wed 29 at 1 & 4 pm www.darlington.gov.uk/arts
Thurs 30 May at 10 am & 1 pm

SAT 1 – SUN 2 JUNE KING’S THEATRE, EDINBURGH
Sat 1 at 1 & 4 pm www.edtheatres.com
Sun 2 June at 10 am & 1 pm

WED 5 – THURS 6 JUNE LOUGHBOROUGH TOWN HALL
Wed 5 at 1.30 & 4.30 pm www.loughboroughtownhall.co.uk
Thurs 6 at 1.30 & 4.30 pm

SAT 8 – SUN 9 JUNE GRAND THEATRE, BLACKPOOL
Sat 8 at 1 & 4 pm www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk
Sun 9 at 10 am & 1 pm

WED 12 – THURS 13 JUNE HARROGATE THEATRE
Wed 12 at 1 & 4 pm www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk
Thurs 13 at 10 am & 1 pm

SAT 15 – SUN 16 JUNE SWAN THEATRE, HIGH WYCOMBE
Sat 15 at 1 & 4 pm www.wycombeswan.co.uk
Sun 16 at 11 am & 2 pm

WED 19 – THURS 20 JUNE CORN EXCHANGE, BEDFORD
Wed 19 at 1 & 4 pm www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk
Thurs 29 at 10 am & 1 pm

SAT 22 – SUN 23 JUNE CORN EXCHANGE, KING’S LYNN
Sat 22 at 1 & 4 pm www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk
Sun 23 at 10 am & 1 pm

WED 26 – THURS 27 JUNE THEATRE ROYAL WINCHESTER
Wed 26 & Thurs 27 at 10 am, 1 & 4 pm www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk
SAT 29 – SUN 30 JUNE FLORAL PAVILION, NEW BRIGHTON
Sat 29 at 1 & 4 pm www.floralpavilion.com
Sun 30 at 10 am & 1 pm

SAT 6 – SUN 7 JULY HACKNEY EMPIRE, LONDON
Sat 6 at 1 & 4 pm www.hackneyempire.co.uk
Sun 7 at 10 am & 1 pm

WED 10 – THURS 11 JULY THEATRE ROYAL, BRIGHTON
Wed 10 at 1 & 4 pm www.atgtickets.com
Thurs 11 at 10 am & 1 pm

FRI 12 – SAT 13 JULY CONCERT HALL, CROYDON
Fri 12 at 4 pm www.fairfield.co.uk
Sat 13 at 10 am, 1 & 4 pm

WED 17 – THURS 18 JULY HORSECROSS CONCERT HALL, PERTH
Wed 17 at 1 & 4 pm www.horsecross.co.uk
Thurs 18 at 10 am & 1 pm

WED 24 – THURS 25 JULY VICTORIA THEATRE, HALIFAX
Wed 24 at 1 & 4 pm www.victoriatheatre.co.uk
Thurs 25 at 10 am & 1 pm

SAT 27 – SUN 28 JULY PALACE THEATRE, MANCHESTER
Sat 27 at 1 & 4 pm www.atgtickets.com
Sun 28 at 10 am & 1 pm

TUES 30 – WED 31 JULY PRINCES HALL, ALDERSHOT
Tues 30 at 1 & 4 pm www.princeshall.com
Wed 31 at 10 am & 1 pm

FRI 2 – SAT 3 AUGUST LYCEUM THEATRE, SHEFFIELD
Fri 2 at 4 pm www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
Sat 3 at 10 am, 1 & 4 pm

 


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – The New Musical

ROALD DAHL’s deliciously dark tale of young Charlie Bucket and the mysterious confectioner Willy Wonka comes to life in a brand new West End musical directed by Academy Award® winner Sam
Mendes.

Featuring ingenious stagecraft, the wonder of the original story that has captivated the world for almost 50 years is brought to life with music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman (Grammy® winners for Hairspray; Smash), a book by award-winning playwright and adaptor David Greig (The Bacchae; Tintin In Tibet), set and costume designs by Mark Thompson (Mamma Mia!; One Man, Two Guvnors) and choreography by Peter Darling (Billy Elliot; Matilda).

This world premiere musical is produced by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Neal Street Productions and Kevin McCormick.

Further information is available from the website: www.CharlieandtheChocolateFactory.com

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BOOKING OPENS MONDAY 15 OCTOBER 2012

World Premiere June 2013 | Previews from 18 May 2013

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