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Midnight’s Pumpkin - Battersea Arts Centre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THIS CHRISTMAS, Kneehigh is presenting Midnight’s Pumpkin, their ‘footloose and fancy free take’ on Cinderella, at Battersea Arts Centre – from December 12, 2012 (previews from December 8) to January 13, 2013.

In this seasonal show with a difference, preparations are well underway for a Royal Ball as the Prince – Charming of course – is in search of a bride. But to find her he must get past a talking pumpkin, ugly sisters, a batch of severed toes, formation dancing and a particularly stringent midnight curfew.

According to press material, Kneehigh mischievously twists this classic fairy-tale into their home spun aesthetic, creating a playful and tongue in cheek show for everyone from six to one hundred and six.

The audience are invited to get involved by donning their dancing shoes and dressing to impress the Prince.

Midnight’s Pumpkin was originally developed and shown in a limited run at The Asylum in 2011 to a rapturous audience response. Its move to BAC builds on the success of a host of previous collaborations, including The Red Shoes (2011) and Rapunzel (2006) which, the following year, enjoyed a successful run at the Southbank Centre.

Co-directed by Emma Rice and Mike Shepherd, the cast includes former Cirque du Soleil performer Audrey Brisson, alongside Kneehigh regulars Patrycja Kujawska (The Red Shoes, The Wild Bride), James Treherne (Rapunzel), Kirstie Woodward (Steptoe and Son, Cymbeline), Philip Brodie (Wah! Wah! Girls), Stuart Goodwin (The Wild Bride) and Giles King (Hansel and Gretel).

Live music is provided by Stu Barker and Alex Vann.

Midnight’s Pumpkin is part of BAC’s theatre programme for audiences of all ages, following The Good Neighbour in October and preceeding A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings from Little Angel Theatre in January.

Tickets: £25, £20 concessions. Balcony tickets £15. Children’s tickets £15. Previews £15. Group/Family Ticket £100 – 6 tickets (minimum 2 children). All are available from the box office on 020 7223 2223 or online at www.bac.org.uk/.