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Mary Rodgers' Once Upon A Mattress to be revived at Upstairs at the Gatehouse

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

RETURNING to the Gatehouse with another classic musical rarely seen in London, Mark Giesser steps back into the director’s chair for his new production of Once Upon A Mattress.

The first musical by Mary Rodgers, daughter of legendary musical composer Richard Rodgers, it runs from March 5 to March 29, 2020.

This adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy-tale, The Princess and the Pea, opened on Broadway in 1959 and was nominated for a Tony Award. It was revived in 1996 and starred Sarah Jessica Parker.

Many moons ago, in a far-off place, begins a magical musical comedy journey into the world of Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved story of the princess and the pea. But this isn’t your usual fairy tale, and Princess Winifred isn’t your usual fairy-tale princess.

The kingdom in which she seeks her prince seethes with a very adult problem, which won’t end until a very stubborn Queen Aggravain allows her son to marry. Alas, he is his mother’s prince, and is any princess really good enough?

Once Upon A Mattress will star Offie-nominee Beth Burrows as Princess Winifred, in her fourth collaboration with Mark Giesser (Strike Up the Band, The Lady With a Dog, Sirens of the Silver Screen), with the rest of the cast to be announced soon.

Once Upon A Mattress has music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer and a book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer.

Once Upon A Mattress will go on sale in late November/early December. Mark Giesser will also be returning to Upstairs at the Gatehouse in Autumn 2020 with Irving Berlin’s Call Me Madam.

Tickets: £20 – £16 (concessions), £10 (previews).

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Sunday matinees at 4pm; Saturday matinee on March 28 at 3pm.