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Hetty Feather transfers to the West End

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THIS summer, the stage adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather will transfer to the West End – to the Vaudeville Theatre, where it will play afternoons and certain evening performances from August 5 to September 6, 2014.

As well as Phoebe Thomas as Hetty Feather, the cast includes Matt Costain (Jem/Matron Bottomly), Sarah Goddard (Peg/Ida), Nikki Warwick (Madame Adeline), Isaac Stanmore (Saul), Paul Mundell (Gideon) and Luke Potter (musician).

Previously Posted: For a sneak preview of the world premiere production of Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather visit www.youtube.com/watch.

Previously Posted: The world premiere production of Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather opens at the Rose Theatre Kingston on Saturday, April 5, 2014, prior to a UK and international tour.

Hetty Feather has been adapted for the stage by award-winning script writer Emma Reeves and is directed by Olivier Award nominated Sally Cookson.

Phoebe Thomas, who played Holby City‘s Staff Nurse Maria Kendall for four years, will star as Hetty Feather.

Audiences can join Hetty as she escapes from the Foundling Hospital, tremble as she faces Matron Stinking Bottomly, thrill as she discovers the squirrel house and Tanglefields Travelling Circus, gasp as she endures a night locked in the attic, quake as she braves the scary streets of Victorian London and cheer as she overcomes all in her search to find her real mother and a true family of her own.

With live music, circus skills and a huge heart, Hetty Feather is an adventure story set in 1876 London. It is the first historical novel by Wilson that makes the trials of nineteenth century life accessible to children through her compelling heroine.

Hetty Feather was recently voted fans’ favourite Jacqueline Wilson character.

Jacqueline Wilson is one of Britain’s most popular authors, selling over 35 million books in the UK alone. Her most successful and enduring creation is the Tracy Beaker series. In 2002, she was awarded the OBE for services to literacy in schools and in 2008 she became Dame Jacqueline Wilson. In the same year she became the Foundling Museum’s first Coram Foundling Fellow and from 2005 to 2007 she was the Children’s Laureate. Her 100th book will be published in 2014. In April 2014, the V&A Museum of Childhood open Daydreams and Diaries, The Story of Jacqueline Wilson, an exhibition exploring her life and work.

Playwright Emma Reeves has worked with Wilson on a number of projects, most notably writing the television adaptations for the Tracy Beaker series. Her other stage adaptations include Carrie’s War (West End and UK tour), and Little Women and Cool Hand Luke (West End). She is currently working on her own show Eve, due to air on CBBC.

Sally Cookson is an associate artist of Bristol Old Vic where she is currently directing Jane Eyre. Her previous productions include The Boy Who Cried Wolf!, Peter Pan, Treasure Island and Pains of Youth. Her other theatre credits include We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Bob the Man on the Moon and The Ugly Duckling. As an actress she has performed at the National Theatre, Almeida and the Young Vic.

Hetty Feather is suitable for ages 7+.

Hetty Feather runs at the Rose Theatre Kingston until Saturday, April 19, making it the perfect Easter treat.

To book, call the box office on 08444 821 556 or visit www.rosetheatrekingston.org/.

Also at the Rose Theatre Kingston: Moon Tiger, starring Jane Asher and Brian Friel’s Translations.

Following the Kingston dates, the production will tour to Birmingham, Cheltenham, Dubai, Edinburgh, Cambridge and Sheffield.